The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in May 2018.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to include other disciplines, and to address gender equality issues for women and men, across all staff and students.
- improve the understanding and completion rates of Personal Review and Development Plans (PRDP)
- change academic recruitment practices to ensure gender neutrality
- introduce new training initiatives to address bullying, harassment and victimisation and promote the Have Your Say campaign and anti-bullying training in the department.
To ensure that we have full equality of opportunity for female and male staff and students, over the next four years we will
- monitor staff and student data, to ensure that any gender inequalities and unconscious biases are highlighted as early as possible
- promote the benefits of flexible working arrangements, support for maternity, paternity and adoptive leave, and career breaks
- improve our recruitment processes including advertising and shortlisting
- improve career development and promotion opportunities across all job families, ensuring that women do not experience barriers to success
- increase representation of women in the department, promote our women's society and invite women speakers, ensure more women are represented on department committees
- ensure the communication of our Athena SWAN goals and provide regular formal progress updates