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Athena SWAN

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Athena SWAN at the School of

The School is committed to the principles of Athena SWAN and wants to achieve an improved gender balance at all levels, from student through to academic and research staff.

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. It was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment. The Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women. Read more at Athena SWAN CharterLink opens in a new window.

Our Athena SWAN Award

The School of Engineering achieved an Athena Swan Silver charter mark in 2019. Silver is awarded when a department has robust and sustained evidence of cultural change.

The School of engineering obtained a bronze charter in 2013 and has since worked on having initiatives to support better work-life balance and progression for staff irrespective of gender.


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Our Commitments

  • Advancing gender equality in academia by addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
  • Addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions.
  • Tackling the gender pay gap.
  • 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.
  • Addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
  • Examining gendered occupational segregation and elevating the status, voice and career opportunities of any identified under-valued and at-risk groups.
  • Mitigating the gendered impact of caring responsibilities and career breaks, supporting flexibility and maintaining a healthy 'whole life balance'.

Our Athena SWAN Champion

Dr Modupe Jimoh took on the role of Athena SWAN Champion in October 2021 from Prof Joanna Collingwood, who led the submission towards achieving the Silver Charter Mark. As the Athena SWAN champion, she leads the monitoring of School level data about gender diversity in the staff and student cohorts. She supports the strategic development of Athena SWAN work in the School, primarily through the development and monitoring of completion of the Athena SWAN Action Plan. She leads the writing of the Athena SWAN submission. In this role, she also:

  • Liaises and manages the School's partnership with the Women Engineering Society.
  • Liaises with the Women in Engineering Scholarship Programme Manager
  • Liaises with SoE and Science Faculty representative(s) on UoW Social Inclusion Committee
  • Strengthen links with:
    • International organisations relevant to the sector
    • Student-led Women in Engineering activities

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Encouraging Appraisals
  • Community Growth
  • Career Pipeline: PGR to Early-Career Academic
  • Intersectionality among staff and students
  • Engineering Discipline Focus

Equality and Diversity

Read more about the School's commitment to Equality and Diversity (E&D).

Our Self Assessment Team

  • Modupe Jimoh
  • Akinola Ajayi-Obe
  • Marina Antoniou
  • Claire Barratt
  • Sanchari Deb
  • Ma Derek
  • Amy Hamson
  • Victoria Jelicic
  • Peter Lever
  • Mohaddeseh Mousavi Nezhad
  • Inga Naruseviciute
  • Busola Oronti
  • Angeles Rivero Pacho
  • Pippa Taylor-McGill
  • Manuela Trejo

Women in Engineering
Scholarships Programme

The Women in Engineering Scholarships Programme is open to first year undergraduates when they join us in October 2023.

Read more about our Women in Engineering Scholars Programme...

Resources and inspiration

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Our facts and figures

The table below shows an overview of the female population of staff and students in the School of Engineering; the data was correct at 23/11/2022.