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Universities celebrate Silver Athena SWAN awards as success rate rises to 73%

25 Oct 2018 | Advance HE Following the latest round of Athena SWAN award submissions, Advance HE is pleased to announce a further three institutions have gained a silver award, with five new institutional recipients for bronze award status

Following the latest round of Athena SWAN award submissions, Advance HE is pleased to announce a further three institutions have gained a silver award, with five new institutional recipients for bronze award status.

The success rate of applications meeting the charter’s criteria has also risen from 64% to 72.9%. Overall, 148 awards were conferred.

Aston University, University of Exeter and the University of Leicester are now silver institutional award holders. Silver institution awards recognise a significant record of activity and achievement by the institution in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges across different disciplines.

The five new bronze award institutions are: Dublin Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Teesside University, University of Roehampton and the Institute of Zoology (part of the Zoological Society of London).  Bronze institution awards recognise that the institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

James Greenwood-Lush, head of Athena SWAN at Advance HE, said:

I’m delighted to congratulate the sector for its ongoing commitment and achievement. The April round saw increases in award success rates in both arts and sciences, particularly in the former. This is the greatest number of awards we have ever made in a single round, and I offer my heartfelt thanks to partners across the sector – including our dedicated pool of panellists – for their work to improve gender equality for their colleagues, students, collaborators and the next generation.”

For more information on Athena Swan and its award holders, please visit Athena Swan 2018 statistics.

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