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Two more Sussex schools recognised for advancing gender equality

Two schools of the University of Sussex have been recognised for their progress in advancing gender equality.

The School of Engineering and Informatics and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have both been successful in their submissions for a bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter scheme.

The scheme, run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in higher education and research.

In its strategy, the University pledges to further improve the proportion of women in senior roles, and Sussex already holds institutional bronze accreditation in the Athena SWAN Charter.

After a major self-evaluation exercise, the two schools submitted their applications for bronze awards in November 2014.

Now moving into an implementation phase, BSMS have created sub-groups to work on particular areas of their Athena SWAN action plan and are continuing to carry out the actions they committed to in their submission - including focus groups for students as well as the next round of a staff culture survey and updating their staff recruitment process.

The two new bronze departmental awards bring the total at Sussex to four; Engineering and Informatics and BSMS join Life Sciences and Physics, which achieved their bronze awards in September 2014.

Psychology and Mathematics have both been finalising their submissions this week for departmental bronze awards and the University is working to renew its bronze Athena SWAN accreditation at an institutional level in April 2016.

An awards ceremony for the latest successful applicants nationwide, including Engineering and Informatics and BSMS, will be held in June at the University of Greenwich.

In September 2014, the School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS) became one of just 17 university ‘departments’ to achieve Bronze level in the ECU’s trial gender equality charter mark.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter and gender equality charter mark have now been brought together.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and BSMS
Last updated: Monday, 11 May 2015

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