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:
- We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
- 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.
- We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support function.
- We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
- 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.
- We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
- We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.