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Athena SWAN Bronze




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School of Architecure awarded Bronze

The School of Architecture had appealed against the decision not to award them the Athena SWAN Bronze Award - and their submission has been reviewed by ECU and has know been successful. This makes them the 12th of our STEM Schools to gain an award


School of Computing awarded Bronze 

The school of computing has now achieved a Athena SWAN Bronze award, the eleventh STEMM school/department to do so. A full list of all award holders within the University can be found here 


Latest round of Athena SWAN awards announced

 In the latest round of Athena SWAN applications the following Schools have been awarded Bronze awards for their progress in tackling gender equality in STEMM:

School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Dental Academy

Department of Geography

Department of Mathematics

School of Creative Technologies


This now means that a total of 10 Schools/Departments within STEMM at the University of Portsmouth now hold a Bronze ATHENA award. 



Call for volunteers to join the University Athena SWAN Assessment Team (SAT)


Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM)  in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was extended to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

The University has held the Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award since 2014 .   In November 2017 we will apply to renew our award under the extended principles.  The application will be drafted by the Self Assessment Team. 


To meet the challenge of the extended principles and ensure we submit a timely, robust and comprehensive application we need to broaden the current SAT membership, with representation from across the University from all levels.  We are keen to hear from all staff who feel they have skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the assessment team.  


This is an exciting opportunity to influence both the content of the application and the action plan that will help drive forward our work on gender equality.  Successful volunteers will join both the SAT and one of the Working Groups which will draft a section of the application – analysing data, developing a narrative and proposing action. It is an opportunity for cross-Department working alongside colleagues at all levels, drawn from both academic and professional/support staff areas.


A session to launch the “new” SAT will be held in October which will ensure new members are fully informed on the Athena SWAN principles and processes.

If you are interested in getting involved and would like to volunteer please complete and return the short survey below BY MONDAY 19 September.


Register your interest in joining the SAT here 



If you have any questions about volunteering to join the SAT or Athena SWAN generally please contact Lesley Lee, Equalities and Diversity Advisor (lesley.lee@port.ac.uk)




You can find out more information about Athena SWAN at the University here:-


The Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN pages can be found here :-




New Equality Advisor(Charters)

We are pleased to welcome Lesley Lee, the new Equality Advisor (Charters). Lesley joins the Equality & Diversity Team with the specific task of supporting all areas of the University in its work within the Athena SWAN and the new Athena SWAN extended Charter, as well as supporting other charters/benchmarks. Lesley will be in contact with all Athena Champions in the coming weeks to arrange meetings as she settles into the new post.


8 UoP Departments submit Bronze applications for the ECU Athena SWAN April 2016 round

The following departments submitted in April 2016:

School of Creative Technology, Portsmouth School of Architecture, School of Civil Engineering & Surveying, School of Engineering, Department of Mathematics, Dental Academy, Department of Geography and School of Health Sciences & Social Work. We wish them all success!



ECU's Athena SWAN Panel award Three UoP departments Bronze in the November 2015 round of submissions


The School of Pharmacy & Bio Medical Sciences, Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation and Department of Sport & Exercise Science were both successful in gaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award in recognition of their commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Congratulations to all three!


CROS and PIRLS 2015

The survey is closed for this year.


The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science 2016

The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. Four fellowships have been awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers; this year the number has been increased to five. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences.

The fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed what ever they may need to continue their research.

Another important part of the fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.

The 2016 UK&I Fellowships will open on 1st February 2016 for applications.

For further information on the awards please see here.


The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2016

Professor Lucy Carpenter was awarded the 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievement, her suitability as a role model and her project proposal to promote women in STEM. 

The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The medal is silver gilt and accompanied by an award of £30,000. Nominations for this award open in November 2015. For more information see here.


FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award 2016

Launched in 2007, the aim of the award is to highlight the major contributions made by female scientists to life sciences research. The winner receives 10,000 Euros and a statuette. Closing date is October 15th. For information see here.


2015 WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) awards

The annual WISE Awards celebrate female talent in science, technology and engineering - from classroom to boardroom. The 2015 WISE awards, in association with Bloomberg, take place in London on November 12th with HRH the Princess Royal presenting the awards. Read about the ceremony and celebrated women here.


Womens' Staff Forum

The Women's Staff Forum had a successful launch in 2014. A programme of events is currently being developed.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Women’s Staff Forum please email womensforum@port.ac.uk or you can phone Jeanette Faulkner, Athena SWAN Coordinator on 5039.


External Childcare

For information on external childcare please see Netmums. This website gives information about all types of childcare in your area from playschools and childminders to after-school clubs and summer schools.