Yorkshire university highlighted for gender equality in research

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THE University of Sheffield is now among a group of just nine universities that have been recognised for their commitment to gender equality by a leading champion for female researchers.

It has achieved a silver level Athena SWAN Award, which encourages and recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, engineering, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The University’s departments of animal and plant sciences; materials science and engineering; and chemistry have all recognised in this year’s awards - meaning that all STEMM departments in the University, plus the Department of Archaeology, now hold an Athena SWAN award.

The award also marks significant progress since the University was given a bronze award in 2008, which was renewed in 2012.

Director of human resources at the University, Andrew Dodman, said: “We aim to attract, engage and develop the best talent, and our Athena SWAN success will act as further motivation to help us continue to embed inclusivity throughout the University, and create a truly remarkable place to work.

“There is however more to do.”

Sheffield has implemented a range of activities to advance the careers of women scientists, such as mentoring programmes, women’s networks, and the Women Academic Returners Programme (WARP) – an initiative that provides additional support to female researchers upon returning from maternity leave.

It has also focused on bringing more gender balance to its leadership and committee roles.