National award for Brighton’s SET

A commitment to promote the careers of women has won the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) a national award

The school has received a Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter which was established in 2005 to encourage efforts to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

A Silver Award was achieved by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex. The awards are valid for four years during which both schools will implement a robust action plan to progress gender equality in their schools. The schools join the University of Brighton’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science in holding a school level Athena SWAN award.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is University of Brighton’s Gender Equality Champion.  She said: “We are very proud that both SET and BSMS have been formally recognised for their commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze and Silver awards respectively.

“The awards are a tribute to the hard work of the many staff in putting strategies in place to support gender equality, and the genuine institutional commitment to this endeavour.”

The University of Brighton has held an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2013 and in 2016 it built on this achievement and became one of only a handful of higher education institutions nationally to achieve an institutional award under the new expanded charter.

For more information regarding gender equality at the University, and the actions and initiatives being undertaking to advance this, click on Athena SWAN institutional submission and action plan.

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