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Four schools receive Bronze Awards under Athena SWAN Charter

The School of Psychology, the School of Computing, the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research all successful with applications.

The Athena Swan Charter is designed to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and employment in higher education and research.

Bronze awards recognise that the institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This includes initiatives such as working to promote the number of female students on courses, ensuring an even balance of male and female teaching and academic staff, and putting equality policies in place for all staff.

James Greenwood-Lush, head of Athena SWAN at Advance HE – the organisation that issues the awards – said: ‘I’m delighted to congratulate the sector for its ongoing commitment and achievement. The April round saw increases in award success rates in both arts and sciences, particularly in the former. This is the greatest number of awards we have ever made in a single round, and I offer my heartfelt thanks to partners across the sector – including our dedicated pool of panellists – for their work to improve gender equality for their colleagues, students, collaborators and the next generation.’

The awards will be officially presented at a ceremony to be held at the University of Southampton on 10 December 2018.

Earlier this year the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS) became the first at the University to be awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award.