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Athena SWAN

The Medical School has been awarded a coveted Athena SWAN Silver departmental award.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter is a national scheme aimed at encouraging and recognising commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.

The ECU grants bronze, silver and gold awards to organisations and departments who can demonstrate increasing levels of good practice in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in STEMM subjects.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded 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.

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Find out further information about the University of Exeter and Athena SWAN.

I’m extremely proud of this award, which recognises the commitment of all our staff in ensuring that women are adequately represented and supported to achieve their potential.

Even today, women are significantly underrepresented in science, especially in decision-making positions and the private sector.

Despite the fact that women make up more than half of EU students and earn 45 per cent of EU doctoral degrees, less than a fifth of senior academic positions are held by women.

The Athena SWAN charter, and the dedication of those who support it, seeks to redress this balance.

Professor Angela Shore, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean (Interim)