The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering is committed to gender equality and holds a Bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of its commitment to improve gender equality.
Work in relationship to our Action Plan is discussed through our Equality Division and Inclusion Committee, which has evolved from our original Athena Swan Committee.
Our EDI Committee is Chaired by one of our Associate Deans, Dr Lara Silvers.
The Athena SWAN Charter was developed in 2005 to advance the representation of women in disciplines in higher education and research and the Charter with a focus on STEMM subjects. The Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles:
- Acknowledgement that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
- Commitment to advancing gender equality in academia.
- Commitment to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions.
- Commitment to tackling the gender pay gap.
- Commitment to removing the obstacles faced by women at major points of career development and progression.
- Commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia.
- Commitment to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
- Acknowledgement that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
- Commitment to making sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality.
- Commitment to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.