School of Physical Sciences

Athena SWAN - what's it all about?

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Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Like the University as a whole, the School of Physical Sciences is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

These pages are here to encourage young women to consider pursuing a career in science, whether that is in industry or an academic research career.

  • All of the University's policies and procedures, including family friendly policies, can be found on the HR website. The HR website also provides information on everything from induction and probation, to appraisal (RPD) and promotion.
  • The University offers a range of learning and development opportunities, from mentoring to leadership training, and you can find out more on the Learning and Development website.
  • The Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT) provides a range of services for staff and students that promote a high quality learning experience at Kent. These include initial and continuing professional development of academic staff, curriculum and educational development including e-learning, quality management of learning and teaching and student advice and guidance for effective learning.
  • Research Services provide a comprehensive framework of support for the University's research community, advising academics on funding, ethics and the REF. Take a look at the workshops, drop-in sessions, seminars and socials offered through the Grants Factory Workshops, Grants Factory Writing Groups and Early Career Researcher Network.
  • The new health and wellbeing site contains information on topics related to workplace wellbeing.
  • There are a variety of Networks available to staff: Disability Staff Network; Early Career Researcher; EDI Network; LGBT Network; Women's Network.

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Last Updated: 02/05/2017