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Gender equality in our school: Athena SWAN

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter is a national scheme that promotes gender equality throughout higher education and research. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences received the 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

The Charter is founded on ten key principles, including the requirement to change cultures and attitudes within organisations that have resulted in the under-representation of women in senior academic, professional and support roles, and to tackle gender inequalities.  

Athena SWAN was initially founded to promote the advancement of women within science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), but it has since expanded to cover gender equality more broadly throughout arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines for academic, professional and support roles, as well as for students.

SBCS win silver at the 2013 Athena SWAN Awards

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences received the silver award in 2013. The Athena Swan panel were pleased to see that understanding and analysis of the situation at SBCS has led to actions. We were commended for:

  • Our clear commitment to involve women on decision-making committees. 
  • Our policy of offering 12 months PDRA support while female academics take maternity leave. 
  • Our three routes for promotion based on research, teaching or ‘enabling activities’, or a combination of these. 

Read our full application:

What's next?

The Athena SWAN Committee have drawn up an action plan and a task allocation document in order to ensure we continue to promote equality within our School:

Contact

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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