University of Sheffield celebrates Athena SWAN success

University of Sheffield celebrates Athena SWAN success

 May 14, 2018

A further three departments at the University of Sheffield is celebrating Bronze Athena SWAN accreditation to recognise their success as ambassadors for gender equality in the Higher Education sector.

“The Award is a demonstration of our commitment to having an inclusive and positive environment where our staff and students can thrive,” says Professor Daniel Coca, Head of Department for Automatic Controls and Systems Engineering.

Currently, all of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) departments, plus the Archaeology department, are Athena SWAN accredited. Eight departments at the University hold the silver award, and with the addition of the departments for Automatic Controls and Systems Engineering, Psychology, and Archaeology, 13 now hold the bronze award.

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A strong commitment to equality and diversity

“Our Department's Athena SWAN application reflects our collective commitment to equality and diversity, and we are pleased to retain our Bronze Award,” comments Professor Glenn Waller, Head of Department for Psychology. “We have made great strides over the last few years and have also identified some important challenges to work on.”

Launched in 2005, the Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN charter encourages commitment to the advancing careers of women in STEMM subjects across employment, research and Higher Education.

The charter recognises strides towards greater gender equality to address barriers to progression that broadly affect women and the LGBTQ community. In 2015, the charter was expanded to additionally acknowledge the work of driving change in gender and race diversity in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) sectors.

Committed to fair recruitment practices

The University of Sheffield is committed to providing the very best recruitment and selection advice across all departments to ensure the most effective talent planning, recruitment, sourcing and selection processes.

The University is extremely proud of its diverse and inclusive culture. And, they continuously strive towards building a University community that actively attracts, engages and develops talented individuals from many different backgrounds.

Elizabeth Craig Atkins - University of Sheffield

Dr Lizzy Craig-Atkins, Athena SWAN champion for Archaeology at the university, says, "I'm incredibly pleased to have received further recognition of the important work staff and students contribute to making the Archaeology Department a positive, inclusive place to work and study. We now need to focus on our new action plan and our aims to embed equality and diversity further within everything we do.”

Continued efforts of employees recognised 

Many colleagues at the University are pleased that the continued efforts of employees are recognised and their work is driving meaningful developments for the University.

Dawn Hadley- University of Sheffield
“The accreditation reflects the hard work that goes on to realise our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all our endeavours,” comments Professional Dawn Hadley, Head of Department for Archaeology.

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