School of Engineering Achieves Silver Athena SWAN Award
We are delighted to announce that the School of Engineering has been successful in its application for the Athena SWAN Silver charter mark. This marks the 6th year that the School has been an Athena SWAN award recipient, having held Bronze since 2013. Silver is only awarded where there is robust and sustained evidence of cultural change in a department.
The School's application evidenced increased gender diversity at all levels, and showed that initiatives to support better work-life balance are being welcomed and used by staff irrespective of gender.
The work we have done to promote diverse role models has also had an impact, as evidenced in the following feedback from an offer holder day participant:
“As a woman going into engineering, I loved how many women were at the open days to represent engineering. Warwick has the most equal gender split of any unit I looked at, which is really inspiring and sends out a great message. As a gender that’s constantly being told that engineering is just “not for us” it really makes me super happy to see professional, well respected women in STEM subjects! Well done Warwick!”
Dr Joanna Collingwood is the Chair of the Self Assessment Team, and coordinated the School's application for the silver award:
“I am delighted to see the School of Engineering’s sustained work towards gender equality recognised with a Silver award under the Athena SWAN Charter. This success reflects the genuine commitment from the School to advance equality and diversity, and the support from University of Warwick and our external partners to enable progress in the sector.”
Forthcoming events include the national Women’s Engineering Society Annual Student Conference to be hosted by Warwick 8th - 9th November 2019, at which the School of Engineering sponsors the attendance of five undergraduates each year.
The School of Engineering has also opened the annual call for applications to the Women in Engineering Scholarship scheme, open to female first year engineering undergraduate students: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/undergraduate/scholarships/wie/