Supporting good practice

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The Departments of Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions have been jointly recognised for our support of gender equality.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises institutions that show commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). It recognises work in academic, professional and support roles, as well as transgender staff and students.

The Departments of Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions successfully achieved a joint Bronze Athena SWAN award in November 2014, acknowledging our commitment and efforts to promote gender equality. View the submission document for our Bronze award. You can also read case studies highlighting what staff and students think about equality in the two departments.

As an institution, UWE Bristol also holds a University level Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Joint departmental Self-Assessment Team

The joint Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team meets four times per year. It includes academic staff, undergraduate and doctoral students, researchers based off-site and technical staff.

The Self-Assessment Team undertakes activities relating to its implementation plan, raising awareness of the Charter among students and staff, and conducting consultation gauging staff perspectives around the culture and the processes of the departments. Find out more about our Terms of Reference.

The Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team members include:

You can find out more about the Team by contacting Dr John Albarran, the Department of Nursing and Midwifery’s Athena SWAN lead.

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.

UWE Bristol offers a number of mentoring schemes including the Equality and Diversity Mentoring Scheme and the Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme.

The University also has a Carer’s Leave Policy, a Flexible Working Policy and Procedure, and a range of other useful policies – all of which are available from Human Resources.

External resources

The following links provide a vast range of resources for considering equality issues in STEMM:

Joint statement from the Heads of Department

As Heads of Department for Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, we both strongly support the ambitions and aspirations of Athena SWAN. We are fully committed to promoting a culture of equality of opportunity across both of our departments.

We meet regularly with our Athena SWAN representatives to discuss and formulate initiatives to ensure all staff have equal access to every career opportunity.

Dr Viv Gibbs (Allied Health Professions) and Sarah Green (Nursing and Midwifery)

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