Athena SWAN Award recognises careers of women in academia

Engineering Science is one of four departments at Oxford University that has been presented with an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of its efforts to help promote and advance the careers of women in academia. Accepting the Award on behalf of the Department at a recent ceremony in Edinburgh, was Professor Alison Noble, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Athena SWAN Award
Professor Alison Noble is seen here receiving the award from Professor Dame Julia Higgins (Patron of Athena) on behalf of the Department of Engineering Science.
The Departments of Biochemistry, Clinical Neurosciences and Primary Care Health Sciences were also honoured with bronze awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in higher education.

Bronze award holders are deemed to have identified challenges and put plans in place for the future.

Professor Guy Houlsby, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, said: “Our Athena SWAN application has made us much more sensitive to the risks of merely accepting the status quo. The careful review of how we operate has allowed us to develop an action plan that will involve a number of new and very positive initiatives”.

The latest success takes to 11 the total number of Oxford University departments to hold Athena SWAN awards. As of next year, departments in Social Sciences and Humanities will also become eligible for Athena SWAN awards for the first time.

Bronze Athena SWAN award winners from Oxford University

Athena SWAN RecipientsPictured from left to right are: Professor Alison Noble (Engineering), Dr Susannah Fleming (Primary Care Health Sciences), Dr Helen Atherton (Primary Care Health Sciences), Jennifer Hirst (Primary Care Health Sciences) and Liz Barnes-Moss (Clinical Neurosciences).

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