We have achieved the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of our activities to increase the representation of women in science.
There are three levels of award offered by Athena SWAN – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each endorses actions taken to increase the representation of women in science in the areas of organisational culture, work-life balance and career progression of researchers. To be worthy of the Silver Award, we were able to demonstrate that we have already identified and successfully addressed a number of key challenges. We are fully committed to the principles of Athena SWAN and have many examples of good employment practice for all staff in the Unit.
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. More information on Athena Swan can be found at: http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/
The University of Nottingham has had a Women in Science Engineering and Technology Group since 2005. This link http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/winset/index.aspx will take you to their dedicated webpages containing lots of useful information about development opportunities and polices at the University.
WinSET Brochure (PDF, 3MB)
Below are two case studies of female members of the Unit who have been supported and encouraged with their career development and work/life balance:
Post doctoral Research Fellow: http://www.hearing.nihr.ac.uk/images/uploads/docs/Case_study_one.docx
Being presented our Silver Award by Professor Dame Julia Higgins at the Awards Ceremony at Imperial College London: