The Department of Earth Sciences received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2016.
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The Department of Earth Sciences
Equality and Diversity Committee:
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About the scheme
Athena SWAN is a national scheme to promote women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Its Bronze, Silver and Gold awards celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in those subject areas within Higher Education.
The scheme is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and is funded by ECU, the Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Royal Society, the Biochemical Society and the Department of Health. The Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women's Academic Network (SWAN) and was launched in June 2005 at the Institute of Physics. The membership has steadily grown since then, and so has the number of award holders Nationally, Athena SWAN activity has significantly increased following the link between Athena SWAN awards and research funding. In 2011, the Chief Medical Officer announced that the National Institute for Health Research would only expect to shortlist medical schools for biomedical research centre and unit funding if the school holds a Silver Athena SWAN award. In January 2013, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) unveiled its new Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity, expecting those in receipt of Research Council funding to provide evidence of commitment to equality and diversity with participation in Athena SWAN specifically mentioned as one piece of such evidence. It may be expected that other funders (such as the Royal Society and charities) will follow suit.
The Charter has 10 principles at its core, the benefits of which include retention of highly valued female staff, access to a network of contacts, and external recognition of positive action already taken.
The University of Cambridge was a founder member of Athena SWAN Charter and the University won its first award in the inaugural round of March 2006.
Since then, the University has successfully renewed its Bronze Athena SWAN award in 2009 and 2012. In 2014, the University successfully applied for a Silver Athena SWAN award.
In April 2016, the Department received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
In December 2015, the Department of Earth Sciences submitted an application for a Bronze Award:
Part of the submission includes an Action Plan covering the next three years outlining steps, procedures and events to support our Bronze Award:
The Action Plan can also be viewed in Mind Map format:
Part of the submission included a Staff Survey, undertaken in January 2014