MACS wins Athena SWAN Award

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We are delighted to announce that the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award following its submission in April 2015. This School award builds upon our existing University Bronze award and reflects consideration of local and discipline-specific issues.

A solid marker that we are on the right path.
Professor Richard Williams

The Athena SWAN Charter’s Award Scheme recognises the commitment of organisations to promote and advance the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in academia. Since May 2015 the Charter has expanded to cover all university staff.

Commitment and dedication 

University Athena SWAN Champion Professor Gill Hogg said, “This Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognises the commitment and dedication to deliver positive change within MACS. Our special thanks go to the application lead Dr Catherine Donnelly (MACS) and to the MACS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. Professor Judy Robertson deserves a special note of thanks for initiating the project in MACS.

University Athena SWAN Champion Steve McLaughlin said, “This demonstrates real progress. Whilst our University award reflects our tackling of issues at an Institutional level, School engagement allows us to address issues at discipline level. With all Schools now making submissions for an award over the next year, together we continue with a common sense of purpose and direction towards a more equitable workplace for all.”

University Principal Professor Richard Williams said, “I am delighted to join the University as it receives its first School-level Athena SWAN award. The spirit of Athena SWAN is to change behaviour and culture to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace so that the best research and the best education can be delivered. Congratulations to our MACS colleagues on this wonderful result, a solid marker that we are on the right path.”