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Engineering and Informatics presented with Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Dr Elizabeth Rendon-Morales (centre) and Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos (left) received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Two staff from the School of Engineering and Informatics have been presented with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises the School’s ongoing commitment to gender equality.

Engineering and Informatics first achieved a Bronze Award in 2014 and was notified in October 2018 of its successful application for renewal until 2022.

The joint chairs of the School’s Athena SWAN team, Dr Elizabeth Rendon-Morales and Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos, went to the University of Southampton on Monday (10 December) to receive the award.

Dr Rendon-Morales commented: “I am very pleased about this achievement, as this Bronze Award recognises the commitment of the School of Engineering and Informatics to advancing the careers of women in science, technology and engineering. We are enthusiastic about the new challenges that we will face in the oncoming year as we implement our action plan.”  

Dr Skarvelis-Kazakos said: “This is an important milestone in our journey of making our School a truly open and respectful workplace.”

Professor Claire Annesley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality and Diversity), added: “Achieving the renewal of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in the School of Engineering and Informatics complements Sussex’s institutional Bronze Award and is a powerful statement of our commitment to gender equality.”

Established in 2005, the Athena Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) Charter was created to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields in higher education and research.

The Charter was expanded in 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law and it now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

Renewal of the Bronze Award for Engineering and Informatics means that all of the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) schools at Sussex currently have at least a Bronze Award.

The School of Life Sciences was the first at Sussex to receive a departmental Silver Award, in 2015. The Brighton and Sussex Medical School also holds a Silver Award, dating from 2017.


Posted on behalf of: School of Engineering and Informatics
Last updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2018


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