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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at SBCS

SBCS is a member of the Athena SWAN charter, which was established by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to enable organisations to apply for an award recognising their commitment to, and progress on, equality and diversity, particularly in gender. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences received a Silver award in 2013, becoming the first school at QMUL to hold this award at this level.

Athena Swann silver

  • We received our silver award in 2013 and were the first at Queen Mary to receive this award level

Athena Swann PDRA

  • We offer 12 months PDRA support while female academics take their maternity leave

Athena Swann committee

  • We are committed to involving women on our decision-making committees

Athena Swann action plan

  • We have drawn up an action plan to ensure we continue to advance women's careers in STEMM research and academia

Initially ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter supported actions advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. 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. SBCS will apply for a Silver award under the post-May scheme in April 2018.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee at SBCS has designed action plans addressing areas of improvement to remove barriers for women and to generate a supportive environment that benefits all staff.

Find out more about our actions:

Participate in a working group

Would you like to get involved? Do you have ideas for improvement in specific areas? We have established working groups that are responsible for specific actions. Please contact the relevant lead. 


For any queries about Athena SWAN and how it benefits you as a member of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences please contact our Committee Chairperson Dr Angelika Stollewerk:

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