Heriot-Watt's School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN Charter's Award Scheme recognises the commitment of organisations to address gender inequality in higher education.
The award to EGIS brings the University's total bronze award count to four, with awards held by the University, the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS), the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), and now EGIS. Whilst the University activity focuses on consideration of broader institutional issues, the Schools' activity allows consideration of local and discipline-specific issues.
University Athena SWAN Champion Professor Gill Hogg said, “I am delighted to see EGIS colleagues externally recognised for their efforts to embed equality into their work ethos. Our thanks go to Dr Gina Netto, Dr Helen Lewis and Professor Omar Laghrouche who, ably supported by Joanne Astbury, Rene O'Reilly and the rest of the EGIS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, have delivered this fantastic result.”
University Principal, Professor Richard A Williams, said, “Tackling inequality is critical to our strategic objectives in ensuring we attract and retain the best students and colleagues. EGIS is the third of our Schools to receive an Athena SWAN award.”
The application, including the action plan, can be found on the EGIS webpages. Heriot-Watt's School of Management of Languages has also submitted an application for its own award.