Charter for Equality in Science

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) employment in Higher Education. Swansea University College of Science is making considerable inroads in effecting a change of culture, notably via our Equality and Diversity Forum and engagement with Athena SWAN and we embrace good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting equality in STEMM in higher education.

There are ten Athena SWAN principles in the new expanding charter:

  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 function.
  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.

Dr Carole Llewellyn is the Chair of the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for the College of Science. The college has submitted its Silver application and the outcome will be released in the Autumn 2018 and is now actively delivering Silver Award objectives.

Award success for Swansea University!

Athena Swan Silver AwardSwansea University has been formally recognised for its commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN silver institutional award in the latest review round by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

Biosciences Promotion Workshop

Biosciences Dept led a Promotion Training W/shop for Biosciences and Geography.

Biosciences Dept led a Promotion Training W/shop for Biosciences and Geography on 04/10/17

Emily Shepard and Luca Borger, two of our successful promotion stars, have kindly offered to talk to us through their view of the promotion process and the steps along the way for a successful case. This is more personal perspective than the more formal training arranged by the University and the plan is to keep it interactive to address any questions you might have.  

Bronze Award Success!

Bronze award

Women in STEMM Conference 2017

Dr Carole Llewellyn (Biosciences) spoke at the Swansea University Women in STEMM conference in April 2017. 

A link to some of the slides presented can be found here:  Women in STEMM Conference

Biosciences Dr Dan Forman nominated for Mary Williams Award 2017

We are pleased to announce that Biosciences member of staff Dr Dan Forman has been nominated for the Swansea Unviersity Mary Williams Award 2017. The award recognises individual contributions to the University's culture and community. Dan was commended on his good work, best practice and continued hard work in the department and wider Univeristy, I'm sure you will congratulate Dan on his nomination, well done Dan!

Equality and Diversity Discussion Forum

Work-Shadowing Discussion Group

Work-shadowing discussion group

Guest Speaker Seminar

Prof. Christine Maggs from Bournemouth University gives an inspiring talk 'Lessons from Bournemouth University: changing the equality culture in academia'


Our Action Plan

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Athena SWAN COS Action Plan

Royal Society of Biology: Best Practice Workshop

Parent Carer Scientist

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Parent carers

Unconscious Bias


Tackling Unconscious Bias in Science

On the 10 May 2016 some members of staff from the College of Science attended a training session held by the Equality Challenge Unit entitled,

'Blame it on the brain: what is unconscious bias, how does it affect how we relate to others, and what can we do about it?'

The training session was successful and positive feedback was received. Testimonials:

"Increased overall awareness of unconscious bias"

"This training has made me more aware of my own biases and how to recognise them"

 Learn more about ‌Unconscious Bias (downloadable resources)

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