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School of Environment and Life Sciences receives Bronze Athena SWAN Award

May 08, 2018

School of Environmental and Life Sciences receives Bronze Athena SWAN Award
Athena SWAN Award success!

We are delighted to announce that the School of Environment and Life Sciences (ELS) has this week received a Bronze Athena SWAN Award. The awards go to institutions that seek to support the career progression of all women working and studying in higher education. At the Bronze level each School creates a bespoke action plan to build on existing strengths and tackle areas for improvement, for example around flexible working practices and student support.

This accolade is a welcome addition to our existing institutional and departmental Athena SWAN Awards and is another step towards our ambition for Silver. 

The ELS self-assessment team and application was led by Dr Rachel Brenchley. Rachel said: "I am thrilled that we have been successful. I would like to thank all colleagues who helped to make this happen. This award recognises our efforts to achieve gender equality within our School community and we are committed to delivering on our action plan to prepare for the Silver award."

Head of Athena SWAN, Dr Francine Morris said: "I am really pleased that ELS has been successful in its application. This reflects the huge amount of work carried out by Rachel and colleagues to identify the practical actions needed to help the School towards becoming a beacon of good practice in gender equality."

The Dean of ELS Professor Sheila Pankhurst said: "I couldn’t be more delighted and proud about the Athena SWAN Bronze award for ELS. For me, this is about more than gender equality. It is also about intersectionality and addressing all aspects of possible inequality in the workplace, including ethnicity, class and disability. A great deal of careful hard work went into our Athena SWAN application, and I would like to thank the ELS self-assessment team, and particularly Rachel Brenchley, for a terrific achievement."