Athena SWAN in the School of Veterinary Medicine


The School of Veterinary Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver departmental award. The award recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

A UK-wide 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.  Overseen by the Equality Challenge Unit, the charter has been expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law 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.

The University is fully committed to tackling gender inequality in its work, learning, teaching and research environments and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award at institutional level.  A number of Schools and Research Institutes hold Athena SWAN departmental awards.

To support its work in this area the School has an action plan covering support for students and staff; key career transition points; and organisation and culture.  Progress with delivering the plan is overseen by an Athena SWAN/Gender Equality Group co-led by Professor Lubna Nasir and Sarah Chiodetto.  The group includes staff and student representatives and people across the School are encouraged to get involved in various activities and initiatives to support our goal to advance equality of opportunity for all. 

A copy of our Athena SWAN Silver Application and Action Plan is available to Silver Action Plan.