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Building on Athena SWAN success

Professor Sahar Al-Malaika and Kate Parsons receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Award on behalf of Aston University

Aston University is continuing to build on the success of receiving a bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter in recognition of its support for women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

Aston is one of only a number of Universities to receive the prestigious Charter, which recognises an Institution’s commitment to advancing the career progression of female academics and researchers, in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

Since gaining the Award last year, an Aston Working Group, led by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Alison Halstead, has been introducing key steps and measures to build on the University’s success.

This action plan includes celebrating the contributions and success stories of female academics and researchers to, for example, the British Science Festival, hosted by Aston University, in September 2010.

Success stories at the British Science Festival include, Professor Gina Rippon and Dr Jo Lumsden, whose research into neuroscience and interactive media technologies respectively, gained national and worldwide media attention.

Other action points include piloting a new mentoring scheme in SET Schools of Study and introducing improvements to facilitate a better work/life balance for men and women.

Professor Halstead, said; "The Bronze Award represented a huge achievement for the University and the current and continuing measures we’re introducing will undoubtedly increase the external profile of our female science and engineering staff, as well as continuing to address the gender imbalance at a senior level.”

Words by Lawrence Heath
8 March 2011

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