Since Biochemistry received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014 there have been a number of changes to the Athena SWAN Working Group the main one being that the name has changed. It will now be known as the Equality and Diversity Committee – EDC for short. This reflects the changes within the Athena SWAN Award itself and how the Department wishes to expand its remit to look at the eradication of all forms of discrimination.
Athena SWAN was initially created to recognise and celebrate good practice in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). Since May 2015 this remit was expanded to work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law and now encompasses professional and support roles. In view of these changes the Terms of Reference of the group have been re-written and these are available on the web-site.
The Committee would like to thank Kathryn Lilley for her contribution as the previous Chair of the ASWG. Kathryn worked tirelessly in pursuit of the Bronze Award and we are grateful that she will continue as a member of the committee as we progress towards the Silver Award.
To reflect the fact that the remit has been extended to cover all staff it has been agreed that the committee has two Co-Chairs: Dee Scadden and Julie Boucher (see below).
Athena SWAN expect that after holding a Bronze award for three years then an institution ought to be preparing for a Silver Award – this means a lot of work between now and April 2017 if we are going to be ready to submit. In the meantime the Department has made a lot of progress towards its agreed action plan.
From March 2016 the Committee Members will be:
- Gerard Evan (Head of Department)
- Julie Boucher (Co-Chair)
- Steph Favrin (Secretary)
- Nick Smith
- Sandra Fulton
- Mairi Kilkenny
- Steve Murfitt
- Yi Lei Tan
- Christine Thulborn