Following the announcement of new Athena SWAN charter awards – with the School of Medicine receiving Gold - the University has commended the commitment to achieving greater gender equality at Leeds.
Schools across several faculties have achieved awards, including Gold for the School of Medicine, the highest level achievable and a first for a medical school in England.
The Faculty of Environment and the Schools of Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering have all been granted Silver awards.
“It’s an endorsement of our widespread progress in this area and a reminder of our commitment to achieving greater gender equality."
The Athena SWAN Charter is designed to recognise advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
Leeds Gender Framework
At Leeds, faculties work towards achieving Athena SWAN recognition as part of the Leeds Gender Framework initiative, which is supported by the University's Equality and Inclusion Unit and academic leadership from Professor Steve Scott.
Professor Scott said: "On behalf of the University leadership team, I’d like to give thanks to all those who have worked very hard to demonstrate, through the submission process, why these awards are merited.
“It’s an endorsement of our widespread progress in this area and a reminder of our commitment to achieving greater gender equality at Leeds.
“These awards indicate that we have made a lot of progress and that there is substantial good practice around the University, albeit that there is lots still to do.
"I’d also like to extend that thank you to the hard work of colleagues whose submissions were not successful this time. The exercise has helped us better understand ourselves and we will support that work and learn from each other to achieve a successful award outcome next time.”
The latest awards announced this week complement existing awards.