Health Sciences scoops Athena Swan Bronze Award

Reader - Loukia speaking at the event

The School of Health Sciences has been awarded an Athena Swan Departmental Bronze Award, valid until 2027. 

The Athena Swan Charter is the UK’s primary framework for recognising commitment to and progress on gender equality in higher education and research.

Health Sciences is the fourth School to achieve a Bronze Award since 2019. It joins BCU’s existing Bronze departmental award holders: the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Social Sciences (BLSS) and the School of Engineering and Built Environment (CEBE).

Our award holders are also a vital part of the BCU Athena Swan ecosystem supporting other Schools and Institutes at earlier stages of the application process, providing peer review of draft submissions and feeding into the university-wide Athena Swan Steering Group, chaired by Professor Maxine Lintern.

All Award applications are externally assessed by a panel drawn from across the higher education sector.

The School’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, led by Reader in Epigenetics Dr Loukia Tsaprouni, conducted detailed analysis of a range of quantitative and qualitative evidence in relation to gender across themes of representation, career progression, working environment and organisational culture. 

Every Athena Swan submission is unique and for Health Sciences, a relatively young School, the process involved analysis of six departments with different gender profiles.

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