University of Dundee

University of Dundee receives award for commitment to gender equality in STEMM

13 May 2014

The University of Dundee’s agenda for creating an equitable working environment  has received independent accreditation with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
The University has been working to demonstrate how effectively the University addresses gender inequality, initiates cultural change and recognises the specific problems facing women in in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments.
The Athena Swan Bronze Award demonstrates the University’s proactive approach in addressing gender inequalities through commitment and action by all its staff, at every level of the organization - including the management and policy-making levels – and thereby changing cultures and attitudes, benefiting women and men employed in Higher Education.
The University has and will  focus on tackling the problems of: the high loss rate of qualified women in STEMM departments, the retention and progression of women in these fields and the personal and structural obstacles for women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science.
Professor Doreen Cantrell, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Life Sciences said, "We are delighted with this award which recognizes the efforts made across the university to ensure a supportive working environment for all our staffespecially women working in science, technology and medicine."
This year's Athena SWAN awards will be presented at an awards ceremony to be held at Durham University on Thursday 10th July.