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Latest Athena SWAN awards mark another step to enhance gender equality

18 May 2020 | Advance HE Three gold awards, including the first in an engineering faculty, are among the headlines in this round of awards

A highly commendable 109 Athena SWAN awards have been conferred following the November 2019 submissions.

The awards include 82 Bronze, 24 Silver and three Gold. The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham is the first in its discipline to have achieved a Gold Award. Queen's University Belfast’s School of Biological Sciences achieved their second Gold award, as did University College London’s MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology.

At institutional level, Silver awards were conferred to Newcastle University and University of Reading, its first Silver award. Also celebrated in this round are Goldsmiths, University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, and London South Bank University who receive Bronze university awards for the first time. A full list is here.

Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE Director for Membership and Accreditation, said, “I warmly congratulate every single awardee. It is vital that we keep up the momentum in enhancing gender equality across the whole sector, and these awards evidence that effort.

“Equally, Advance HE is determined to facilitate and support the sector in achieving its EDI goals and as we have recently announced, we are working hard to ensure the Athena SWAN Charter is even stronger and fitter for the future.”

Read more about the transformation plans for Athena SWAN; as well more information about the Charter.


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