Supporting good practice
The Department of Applied Sciences is a good practice supporter and since 2013 has been actively working to progress gender equality within the department.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to recognise and encourage a commitment to the advancement of the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering maths and medicine).
The Department of Applied Sciences is proud to have received a Bronze Athena SWAN award in 2013 and 2016, and a Silver Athena SWAN award in 2020. View the 2016 Bronze submission document and read case studies from staff and students within the department expressing their views on Athena SWAN.
UWE Bristol holds a University level Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
Athena SWAN Departmental Surveys
In 2019 and 2016 we carried out surveys with a range of staff and students working in the department. You can view the results in infographic form, below:
- 2019 Staff survey results
- 2016 Staff survey results
- 2016 PhD student results
- 2016 Initial findings from a pilot survey of our undergraduate students
Departmental Self-Assessment Team
The Department's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team meets six times per year. It includes representation from staff and students throughout the department, as well as representatives from a postdoctoral/postgraduate research sub-group.
In addition to the work of the Self-Assessment Team, the Department holds regular surveys and events to survey its staff for their perspectives on topics such as parental leave, promotional opportunities and mentoring. You can enquire further about the departments activities, from the Department's Athena Swan lead Dr Clare Wilkinson.
Staff Recruitment and Progression Working Group
The Department's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team formed a working group in 2017-18 to examine issues and actions identified in our 2016 application in relation to the recruitment of department staff, and progression of those staff who are already based with us. The Staff Recruitment Working Group met on a number of occasions and reported on their activities and actions in 2018.
Equality and diversity at UWE Bristol
The Equality and Diversity Unit provides professional support and advice on equality and diversity for both staff and students.
The University also has a Carer’s Leave Policy, a Flexible Working Policy and Procedure, and a range of other useful policies, which can be found via Human Resources.
The following links provide a vast range of resources for considering equality issues in STEMM:
- The Department of Applied Sciences is a member of the ACT project Life Science Community of Practice.
- Daphne Jackson Trust – support to scientists returning to research after a break
- GenPort – a developing internet portal for gender equality and excellence in science, technology or innovation
- Royal Society Diversity in Science policy
- Science Council Diversity Project and Diversity Roadmap
- WISE campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering.