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Athena SWAN Charter

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

Each Institute in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has committed to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education by setting up an Athena SWAN Working Group.

The Institute is proud of our commitment to equality and diversity and, in particular, our commitment to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter:

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation

The Institute holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of our commitment to the principles of the charter.

Over half of IPHS staff (58%) and postgraduate research (PGR) students (61%) are female. Women have a high profile within the Institute. There are many female academic role models, with many successfully achieving senior posts and positions of management and leadership. Eight of the 13 Research groups in IPHS are led by women, and the majority of Senior Management Team are female.