Strathclyde Telegraph

Strathclyde renews equality award

By Émer O’Toole, News Editor

The University’s commitment to gender equality in Science and Engineering has been honoured with the renewal of its Bronze Athena SWAN award and a Bronze departmental award for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

The Athena SWAN Charter and awards showcase gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) research.

Strathclyde was first honoured the institutional Athena SWAN award in 2011 and has now successfully applied for renewal.

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering has been given its award at the first time of applying, making it the fourth Strathclyde department to gain Athena SWAN recognition.

Professor Sara Carter, Associate Deputy Principal at Strathclyde and Athena SWAN Champion, said: “The achievement of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering confirms that, in addition to university-wide policies, the department has identified particular challenges and opportunities relating to achieving gender equality and has a strong action plan in place to address these.”

Civil & Environmental Engineering has a Silver award, while Physics and the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences both hold Bronze awards.

Professor Carter continued: “These successes recognise our continuing commitment towards gender equality for staff and students in Science and Engineering and the progress we have made since our previous award.”

The awards will be presented to Strathclyde at a ceremony in the University of Cambridge this month.

Strathclyde is one the 114 higher education institutions in the UK signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter.

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