School of Architecture given Athena Bronze status

Athena SWAN_featured imageOn 6 October the School of Architecture successfully attained the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising their commitment to gender equality.

The University has held the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) since 2014. For a department to secure an Athena SWAN Champion Bronze award, it is recognised that in addition to institution wide policies the Department is working to promote gender equality.

Pam Cole, Head of School, Architecture, said: “We are very proud to have received the Athena SWAN bronze award, especially as architecture as a profession has struggled to achieve gender equality. This award recognises our commitment to raising issues and working to achieve equality in the workplace for all, and celebrates good employment practice for women.”

Matthew Weait, Athena SWAN Champion and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said: “The departmental Athena SWAN designation is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by a dedicated group of people, and represents a significant milestone in delivering on University of Portsmouth’s equality agenda.”

This achievement by the School of Architecture means the University has attained twelve successful awards at Bronze for Departments: Biological Sciences, Psychology, Cosmology and Gravitation, Sport and Exercise Science, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science, Creative Technologies, Civil Engineering and Surveying, Mathematics, Dental Academy, Geography and Computing.

Next month the University is submitting an application under the Extended Principles for a Bronze Award which will cover the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law areas. It will also cover Professional and Support Services staff, and address trans equality for staff and students and the intersectionality of gender and race.

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