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University of Sussex support for women recognised in new awards

The University of Sussex has been recognised for its work to address gender equality with two new awards.

The University has been successful in both of its latest applications for an Athena SWAN award, scooping silver for the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and bronze for the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in relation to their representation, progression and journey through career milestones.

The BSMS silver award – which the School has worked hard to achieve since gaining the bronze award in 2015 – follows the success of a number of ongoing activities including staff surveys, workshops and training opportunities.

The Physics and Mathematics departments in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences had previously gained separate bronze awards, but decided when the Physics award was due for renewal that it was more appropriate to combine efforts and apply as a school.

The two new awards mean that all of the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) schools at Sussex now have at least a bronze award.

Chair of the University’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), Professor Claire Annesley, said: “Gender equality is about inclusion and not compliance. For us Athena SWAN is an important part of the solution to addressing gender inequality at the University. It fits with our commitments to promote an inclusive culture and to close the gender pay gap.

"I’m really pleased that we’ve had a 100% success rate for Sussex in this round of Athena SWAN applications and I would like to congratulate both schools.

“BSMS have made a really positive commitment to supporting gender equality through a number of initiatives, and their award is really well-deserved. 

“And it’s great that MPS have been successful in their first attempt at a school-level award.”

Several other schools have started working towards Athena SWAN awards since the scheme was expanded to include non-STEMM disciplines.

The new awards will be presented during a ceremony at Swansea University on 16 July.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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