Department of Biological Sciences awarded Athena SWAN bronze award

The Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck has been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award.

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award, the charter that recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

The award represents a successful outcome for the Department’s Self-Assessment Team, set up in 2013 with representatives from academic, research and support staff, to examine, assess and improve equality practices in the Department.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to 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.

Professor Carolyn Moores, of the Department of Biological Science’s Self-Assessment Team said: "We are thrilled that our work toward gender equality has been recognised by Athena SWAN. We hope to build on the inspiring legacy of eminent women scientists in the Department to allow future female leaders to flourish here, and are looking forward to putting our plans into action to benefit everyone."

Birkbeck, University of London has held an Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2012.

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