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New Athena SWAN Bronze Award for School of Engineering and Informatics
The School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex has successfully renewed its Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising its 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.
Engineering and Informatics first achieved a Bronze Award in 2014 and has been successful in its application for renewal until 2022.
Engineering and Informatics Head of School, Professor Jonathan Bacon, said: “I am delighted that our Bronze Award renewal application has been successful, at a time when the School is striving to encourage more women to study engineering and computer science.
“Our small Athena SWAN team worked very hard on the submission but I would particularly like to mention the team’s joint chairs, Dr Elizabeth Rendon-Morales and Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos, for their enthusiasm and leadership on this task.”
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.”
The Award will be presented at a ceremony at the University of Southampton on 10 December.
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.