Athena SWAN Awards for University of Glasgow staff and students

The University of Glasgow is delighted to announce today (Friday 6 October 2017) it has achieved four Athena SWAN awards in recognition of its ongoing commitment to gender equality for staff and students.

The awards, made by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), includes a new Silver for the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences; a Silver renewal for the Institute of Health and Well-Being, as well as, two Bronze awards for the School of Humanities/ Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The two Bronze awards are for the first University of Glasgow non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) departments to gain accreditation under the expanded Athena SWAN Charter.

This announcement takes the University to 18 Athena SWAN awards in total – one Institutional Bronze and 17, four Silver and 13 Bronze, at school or research institute level.

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Principal, Head of the College of Social Sciences and Gender Champion of the University, said: “I would like to congratulate all those involved who helped to achieve these awards - it is great news for the entire University.

“I am delighted too to see the university being recognised with our first Humanities and Social Sciences Athena SWAN awards since the gender equality charter scheme was extended to cover non-STEM subjects. We will continue this work to broaden the scheme and good practice in gender equality across the whole University family.”

Dr David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and University of Glasgow Secretary of Court, said: “"We are delighted to see the huge amount of work that goes into advancing gender equality at the University recognised through the recent Athena SWAN awards.  While we continue to make progress, we recognise there is more to do as part of our overall approach to promoting equality and fairness for all."

It was also announced today that the University of Glasgow has been invited to host the Athena SWAN awards winter ceremony on the 4 December 2017 for all those receiving awards in UK Higher Education Institutes for this round.
It takes 10 months to a year of preparation for a school or research institute to submit an award, so four awards in one round is a great achievement for the University’s staff and students.

There are three levels of Athena SWAN awards: Bronze (planning), Silver (doing), Gold (sustaining).The University of Glasgow was first awarded an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2013.

First published: 6 October 2017

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