Department of Chemical Engineering celebrates Athena SWAN Silver Award


Athena Swan silver

The Department of Chemical Engineering is delighted to announce that we have been successful in renewing our Athena SWAN Silver Award.


The Award reflects the Department’s recognition of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion as fundamental values of our organisational culture. The submission was developed with a team spanning the Department: from academic and support services staff to researchers and students, signifying our unwavering commitment to the overall principles of the Award.  

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, and Medicine (STEMM) employment in Higher Education and Research. 

A message from Professor Omar K. Matar, Head of Department and member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team 

"On behalf of the Department of Chemical Engineering, I am delighted that we have been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. 
We have always aimed to foster an environment that promotes female chemical engineers and addresses gender equality on a broader level. 
From chemical engineering outreach events that pave the way for an upcoming generation of female engineering students, to staff policies that nurture a strong working environment for men and women, we continuously aim to transform gender equality within the Department and Higher Education. This is evidenced by our strong female-male workforce and female-male student numbers, both above the UK sector average.   
Our female colleagues are at the heart of our accomplishments. We dedicate and celebrate this award for them as we continue our journey towards greater Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department and beyond. 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our Equality, Diversity, and Culture Committee, led by Prof. Joao Cabral and Mrs. Sneha Saunders, who worked tirelessly on our submission.”



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