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University departments retain national Athena SWAN bronze awards

Sports Science Open DayTwo University departments have retained national awards which recognises their commitment to gender equality, and the actions they are taking to drive it forward in their areas.

The Departments of Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology in the Faculty of Science succeeded in renewing their bronze awards under the Athena SWAN Extended Principles, which were introduced in 2015 to recognise work to address gender equality more broadly across academic, professional and support services.

Given the progress made since their last submission, both Departments had applied for silver awards.  While unsuccessful at this level, their success at bronze is a real achievement and reflection of hard work and commitment as 30% of Athena SWAN applications across the sector were unsuccessful.

Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and UEB Equality and Diversity Champion, said: “Thank you to everyone involved in both departments for their hard work and dedication to retain their bronze awards. While we had hoped to achieve silver awards, the constructive feedback received will strengthen our determination to succeed in the next round of applications as part of our commitment to creating a vibrant and open culture, where equality, diversity and inclusion are an automatic part of our everyday working lives.”

10 other departments and schools also hold Athena SWAN bronze awards including:

  • Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Creative Technologies
  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Dental Academy
  • School of Mathematics and Physics
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Computing
  • School of Architecture
  • Department of Geography

At an institutional level, the University retained its Athena SWAN bronze award in November 2017.  

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A comprehensive action plan has been developed in our ambition to achieve a silver award in 2021, which includes ensuring our recruitment policies and processes support the achievement of gender equality. Examples include unconscious bias training rolled out across the University, criteria around salary on appointment reviewed and monitored, review of academic promotions process and outcomes and ensuring that interview and promotion panels are gender balanced wherever possible.

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  1. I was wondering, as it is not clear from this piece, if the 10 listed schools also retained their bronze award in 2019 or not? And has UoP overall retained it’s bronze award in 2019, since only 2017 is stated.

    I don’t want to misinform at open days etc.

    Kind regards

    • Hi Jo. Each of the Schools and Departments who hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards will need to re-apply three years from the date when they were advised of the result – and that will be different for each School/Department depending on when they originally applied for the award. The University was initially awarded Bronze in 2014 and successfully re-submitted in November 2017. We will need to re-submit in November 2021. This is because the process has changed and awards are now held for four years from the date of submission. Thanks for your questions

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