'Role model' employers of women scientists get awards

Universities employing women in science, engineering and technology (SET) will be recognised at an awards ceremony at the Zoological Society of London. 

Nine awards will be presented. The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Bristol University and the Departments of Psychology and Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham will receive silver awards. Bronze awards go to the Universities of Bedfordshire, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leicester, Manchester and Reading. 

The latest report on the Athena SWAN programme will be launched at the lunch. It includes examples from winning universities on how to address work-life balance. There is also more information about the Women in Leadership Programme at Manchester University, the positive action programme at Leicester University, and a review of staff appraisal and development at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Bristol University.

Athena SWAN bronze awards are given to universities which support female staff and students; silver awards are given to those that demonstrate substantial progress to attract women and improve their career prospects; and gold awards are reserved for those which clearly demonstrate significant progress on gender equality in SET.

Julie Ashdown, manager of the Athena SWAN programme, said: “This is a good opportunity to celebrate the achievements of universities who are committed to making the best of their female talent and introducing positive changes in the workplace. These institutions bring the total number of awards made in the last three years to 30.”

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