School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all

Dr Melvin Vopson, department lead

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) has fully adhered to the principles and Athena Swan (AS) charter. SEES application process for the AS Bronze award began in January 2014 with the formation of an AS SEES committee, currently consisting of eight members. The AS process is now recognised as a core activity within our School, with SEES AS Committee meeting at least four times per year to ensure the implementation of the action plan detailed in the AS Bronze Award application. The School has a dedicated Athena Swan Blog developed to serve as an engaging platform for the School, as well as a Twitter feed.

Our School’s vision and long term objectives are to maintain and improve female staff and student representation and experience in our School and, of course, to achieve the Athena Swan recognition of our efforts by obtaining the silver and gold Athena Swan awards in the next ten years.