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Athena SWAN Awards

Athena SWAN


In 2015

The Faculty of Life Sciences (now Biology, Medicine and Health) were proud to announce that they were awarded the prestigious Athena Swan Silver Award.

The award was created as a way to recognise institution’s commitment to tackle gender inequality in higher education.

Hema Radhakrishnan, Deputy Associate Dean for Social Responsibility, Faculty of Life Sciences, who also took an active role in the application, said:

“We are delighted to receive the Athena SWAN Silver award which recognises the tremendous effort from the Faculty of Life Sciences towards advancing gender equality amongst staff and students.”

Find our Athena SWAN application

Past Awards

The University of Manchester was awarded a bronze Athena SWAN award in 2008, and the Faculty of Life Sciences gained recognition at the next level, being awarded a Silver SWAN in 2009 which was renewed in 2011.  This award recognises and celebrates good working practice for women in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine).  Athena SWAN has been instrumental in highlighting gender issues and stimulating changes to support women in Higher Education. Our silver award specifically recognises the Faculty’s hard work and achievement in providing positive support for women, and was applauded by the judging panel for its work on ensuring gender balance in the recruitment and development of staff.

Professor Amanda Bamford led the SWAN Self-assessment panel prepared our latest application.  We collected, analysed and compared key data and questionnaires regarding gender equality over the last 3 years.

The SAT team’s work is ongoing and all feedback and suggestions are always welcome, and we thank everyone for their input and engagement.

See our previous application and action plan.

Alison Gurney and Fiona Coll collect the Faculty’s first Athena SWAN award.
Alison Gurney (right) and Fiona Coll (left) attending the award ceremony at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham to collect the Faculty’s first Athena SWAN award.