Athena SWAN at Swansea University

Swansea University is committed to promoting gender equality, and has been a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2008.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which recognises advancement of gender equality in terms of representation, progression and success for all.

The Charter, which was established in 2005 initially focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) academia only, and was expanded in April 2015 to all subject areas, for all staff (in academic and professional services roles) and for trans staff and students.

The ten Athena SWAN principles are:

  1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
  2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
  3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:
    • the relative underrepresentation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
    • the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)
  4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
  5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
  6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
  7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
  8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
  9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
  10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

More information about the Charter can be found here: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/ 

The Process

Membership of the Charter has bronze, silver and gold awards that help Universities work towards sustaining equitable working environments. Once a University has its own award, departments are eligible to apply for their own individual awards. Joining the charter helps create positive change in an organisation. There are two submission deadlines each year; 30th April and 30th November. The process largely involves a self-analysis of the University/department by a Self-Assessment Team (SAT), involving analysis of quantitative and qualitative data over a minimum of three years. 

Athena SWAN at Swansea University

Swansea University was first awarded a Bronze award in 2009. We renewed our submission and were awarded the Bronze award in April 2013. Our submission can be viewed here: Athena SWAN Bronze Submission 2012

All of our STEMM Colleges have their own individual awards (or are awaiting the result of their application) and our College of Arts and Humanities are in the process of preparing a submission. More information can be found at the section below titled 'Athena SWAN in our Colleges.' 

Get Involved!

We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic staff and students to participate in our Athena SWAN activities - find out more here. 

Athena SWAN in our Colleges

College of Human and Health Sciences

The College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS) successfully achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze department award in April 2013, which was the first College level award at the University.

In order to apply for the award, the College established a self assessment team, chaired by Professor Joy Merrell (j.a.merrell@swansea.ac.uk), comprising of staff from across the academic grades as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Following analysis and synthesis of this data, a comprehensive three year action plan was developed and four working groups were established to oversee and implement the action plan in the key areas of communications; career progression; organisation and culture; and data management.

Their Bronze award was renewed in April 2016, and they are currently working on their Silver application.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please visit their webpages.

Medical School

Swansea University Medical School (SUMS) successfully achieved an Athena SWAN Silver department award in April 2016, becoming the first Silver award at the University.

The College self assessment team is chaired by Professor Diane Kelly (d.kelly@swansea.ac.uk), and comprises of staff from across the academic grades as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

As a result of the Athena SWAN process, the College also established a Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) seminar series, which provides sessions and workshops on a range of topics including promotion, flexible working, and much more.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please visit their Athena SWAN pages

For more information about the WIMS seminar series, please visit: WIMS

College of Science

The College of Science (CoS) successfully achieved their Bronze department award in November 2014 and are very proud of their achievement. 

Their Self-Assessment team is chaired by Dr Carole Llewellyn (c.a.llewellyn@swansea.ac.uk) and comprises of staff from across the academic grades as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students from the five subject areas within the College. The team are now focusing on delivering their detailed action plan.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please visit: College of Science

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering successfully achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze department award in October 2016. The College are now focused on the delivery of their action plan including regular inclusivity events, meetings of the women’s network and college family friendly events.

The College Self-Assessment Team is chaired by Dr Camilla Knight, and comprises of staff from across academia, research, professional services and postgraduate students. A Student Self-Assessment Team has also been established, chaired by an undergraduate student, and comprised of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please visit: College of Engineering

Athena SWAN in our Colleges

College of Arts and Humanities

The College of Engineering established a Self-Assessment Team, led by Heidi Waddington. The College is in the process of putting together their submission for their Bronze department award in November 2016.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please email Heidi.

School of Management

The School of Management are in the process of establishing a Self-Assessment Team, which will be led by Emma Lydiard-Jenkins. The School will then begin putting together their submission for Bronze department award in 2018.

For more information about Athena SWAN in the College, please email Emma.

Athena SWAN Committees

Athena SWAN Strategy Group

The Athena SWAN Strategy Group (ASSG) is chaired by Prof. Hilary Lappin-Scott to monitor progress of Athena SWAN at all levels of the organisation. 

More information about the ASSG

University Self-Assessment Team

The University Self-Assessment Team (USAT) is chaired by Prof. Joy Merrell. The USAT was responsible for writing the University Athena SWAN Bronze Renewal submission and will continue to monitor progress against the action plan. 

More information about the USAT 

Events

Professional Services Networking Event (February 2013)

The University holds a range of Athena SWAN related events throughout the year. 

Upcoming events include:

  • British Science Festival Swansea: 7th - 11th September 2016
  • Ada Lovelace Day: 11 October 2016
  • #IntersectionalityMatters event: 25 October 2016

More information...

Other Information

Family and Carer Friendly

Swansea University is committed to equal opportunities and the purpose of the family and carer friendly policies are to promote flexible employment, which will provide the framework for improving the working environment and encouraging diversity in the workforce. The University has a range of family and carer friendly policies that are currently available to staff with families and/or caring responsibilities; these are viewable here.

The University offers a childcare voucher scheme, in partnership with Computershare Voucher Services, where staff are able to salary sacrifice each month towards childcare costs, which can save up to £900 (Depending on your tax band). More information about the Childcare Voucher scheme can be found here. 

The Swansea University Students' Union (SUSU) nursery is based on campus. The SUSU nursery give priority to students, however some places are offered to staff and the general public. More information about the childcare provision on campus can be found here. 

Flexibility and Job Share

Swansea University is committed to equal opportunities and promoting flexible employment, which will provide the framework for improving the working environment and encouraging diversity in the workforce. 

The Flexible working Policy can be found here.

The Job share policy can be found here.

Funding

There are a number of research funding opportunities aimed at women in science that you may wish to consider.

The L'oreal women's science award is funding that specifically recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research. More information about the L'oreal women's science award can be found here.

The Daphne Jackson Trust is an independent charity which offers flexible, part-time, paid fellowships to scientists, engineers and technologists who have taken a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. More information about The Daphne Jackson Trust can be found here.

Professional Development

Swansea University has its own internal department dedicated to professional development. The Academic and Professional Enhancement Centre Swansea (APECS) run a variety of courses every year to support the professional development of staff at the University. More information about APECS can be found here. 

Information about the University's promotions procedures can be found here.