Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for the way it recruits and retains women staff and students, promotes women staff and creates a fair environment.
Professor Iain Cameron, School of Engineering and Built Environment Dean, said: “I am delighted that the school’s application for this prestigious award has been successful. The Athena SWAN ideals are embedded in our planning and in the creation of our strategy and we work hard to ensure that gender equality is at the heart of everything we do. For example, we were the first university to team up with SmartSTEMS to open up our campus to hundreds of girls across the city every year to show them the exciting opportunities offered by careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“The award is a tribute to the hard work of the staff and students who are devising and implementing plans to support gender equality across the school and Athena SWAN has a vital role in promoting the drive for us to further embed equality and diversity.”
At the University of Glasgow, the School of Life Sciences and School of Law both achieved bronze awards. The university now has a total of 19 Athena SWAN awards, which include one institutional bronze, one departmental gold, three departmental silver, and 14 departmental bronze awards across 15 schools and research institutes.
Professor Anne Anderson, vice-principal, head of the College of Social Sciences and gender champion of the university, said: “I would like to congratulate all of those involved in achieving these awards, which is great news for the university. I am also delighted to see the university recognised once again with another social sciences award since the charter scheme was extended.
“At the University of Glasgow, we place a huge amount of value on the important work that local self-assessment teams carry out to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in their research, teaching and learning environments. These efforts are crucial to the university’s strategic ambitions which people at the heart of everything we do.”
The Athena SWAN Charter was developed in 2005 to support the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering, technology, maths and medicine in education and research. In 2015, it expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles.