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New Athena SWAN awards

15 May 2013

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Four of the University’s academic schools have been granted Athena SWAN bronze status for their commitment to supporting the careers of women in science. 

The Schools of Biosciences, Dentistry, Engineering and Medicine were all recognised for their success in developing employment practices and promoting equality in areas such as organisational culture to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: "These new awards reinforce Cardiff’s commitment to gender equality.

"Recognising and rewarding excellence and removing barriers to career progression are key to ensuring our continued success as an institution. All four schools should be very proud of their new status and I am delighted they are getting the recognition they deserve."

The Athena SWAN Charter awards have been running since 2005, recognising the commitment of the higher education sector to addressing gender inequalities and tackling unequal representation of women in science.

The Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Optometry and Vision Sciences both hold silver status and the Schools of Psychology and Chemistry hold bronze.

Thinking of applying for Athena SWAN?

Last month Dr Paul Brennan from the School of Medicine wrote a blog published on the Guardian HE website on the steps to a stronger Athena SWAN application. Read Pauls blog here.