Impressive Athena Swan awards for The University of Sheffield

Impressive Athena Swan awards for The University of Sheffield

 October 12, 2017

The University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and the Department of Biomedical Science have both been recognised in their commitment to promoting gender equality via the Athena Swan awards. ScHARR received a second silver award, following their success in 2014, whilst the Department of Biomedical Science gained their second bronze award.

The hard work and dedication of the departments submitting to Athena SWAN across the University highlights its ongoing commitment to promoting gender equality.

The Departments of Human Communication Sciences and Nursing and Midwifery also submitted this year and worked incredibly hard to achieve awards, and will continue to throughout the coming year as they re-apply for silver upgrades.

A progressive place to work

The awards celebrate the dedication of Athena SWAN 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.

Professor John Brazier, Dean of ScHARR on receiving the award said “We are delighted in ScHARR to have achieved a Silver Athena SWAN Award again and would very much like to thank Eva Kaltenthaler and her team for all their hard work and dedication.”

Professor Kathryn Ayscough, Head of the Department of Biomedical Science added "Aspirational ideas require real commitment to facilitate implementation and also need effective communication to ensure that people at all levels understand the need for change and can see the benefits that a more diverse workforce can bring. This reflects well on the ethos of promoting diversity and equality in ScHARR.”

Addressing gender equality

The University of Sheffield has an excellent track record when it comes to achieving Athena SWAN awards. All of its Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) departments plus its Department of Archaeology hold an Athena SWAN award, with eight now holding silver and 13 with bronze. The departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and the School of Clinical Dentistry received awards in May. The University also received an institutional Athena SWAN silver award in April 2016, a milestone in our ongoing mission to promote gender equality.

A highly commended employer

The University of Sheffield is recognised as one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times, and has been recognised as a top employer for workplace equality by the leading LGBT charity Stonewall. There are many great opportunities available for this highly commended employer.


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