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.
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.
- Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter
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:
- Athena SWAN Silver Application and Action Plan [PDF 924 KB]
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:
- Athena Swan action plan 2013-15 [PDF 120 KB]
- Athena Swan action plan: Task allocation [PDF 44 KB] UPDATED 10/10/16
- Athena SWAN report February 2016 [PDF 75 KB]
- Athena SWAN report October 2015 [PDF 199 KB]
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:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org