University of Sheffield's Athena Swan recognition

 October 06, 2016

Five of the University of Sheffield's departments have received or renewed their prestigious Athena SWAN awards, celebrating an ongoing commitment to promoting gender equality.

The departments are:
- Computer Science (Silver award)
- Medical School - (Silver award renewal)
- Nuclear AMRC - (Bronze award)
- Civil and Structural Engineering (Bronze award renewal)
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering - (Bronze award renewal)

So what exactly does this mean?

The awards celebrate the dedication of these departments to grow as ambassadors for gender equality in the higher education sector. They recognise the sustained efforts of colleagues to promote progress and overcome barriers to inclusivity, both for fellow staff and for students.

The Athena SWAN Charter celebrates success in advancing gender equality in higher education and research. It rigorously examines the steps taken by universities and their departments to improve representation, encourage progress and combat gender-based discrimination.

This success follows the fantastic University-wide achievement of an institutional Athena SWAN silver award in April 2016, a milestone in their ongoing mission to promote gender equality.

The University of Sheffield's continued success under the Charter, shown by the latest set of awards, is a welcome reminder of how important gender equality is to people across the University.

Addressing gender equality

The October 2016 entry is the first round to include submissions under a new Charter; it was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law as well as 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.

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