MACS receives award for efforts to address gender inequality



Heriot-Watt's School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for the second time.

The Athena SWAN Charter's Award Scheme recognises the commitment of organisations to address gender inequality in higher education.

Since 2013, the University has been delivering its action plan for Athena SWAN, a gender equality strategy aimed at removing barriers to equality of opportunity.

Initiatives within the action plan include:

  • Unconscious bias training for senior staff
  • Requirement for gender diversity on recruitment panels
  • Training for managers on supporting flexible working
  • Targeted outreach activities to encourage women into STEM.

The award comes as a result of these sustained efforts to progress our gender equality ambitions.

Professor Beatrice Pelloni, Head of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, said:

“As the Head of a STEM School, I am particularly appreciative of being part of a University dedicated to tackling inequality in the workplace. This award recognises the commitment of the School to be a friendly, inclusive and fair environment for all, and the daily dedication of all staff to gender equality, to challenging stereotypes and to upholding the values of fairness and inclusivity. I am delighted that the MACS community has been recognised by this award.”

University Athena SWAN Champion Professor Gill Hogg said: “This Athena SWAN Bronze Award formally recognises the commitment and dedication to do things differently within MACS, and the University as a whole. The simple aim is to continue to work toward creating a culture where people flourish in Higher Education regardless of their gender, or indeed any other factor.”

The award will be presented at an awards ceremony at the University of York on June 24.