Prof Sabine Bahn has been appointed to be one of the two gender equality champions for the School of Technology.
Head of Department, Prof Nigel Slater, welcomed the appointment and said, "We are delighted that one of our senior academics can be a role model for our female students."
The University is deeply committed to progressing gender equality and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology has a good record of attracting female students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For many years, the student intake has been roughly one third female, higher than average for science and engineering, but there is still work to be done.
The work of the Senior Gender Equality Network (SGEN) School Champions will support the Gender Equality Group (GEG) and provide visible leadership on gender equality. They will also promote good practice by providing a local focus and influencing cultural change.
These efforts will complement the Athena Swan initiative which recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) within Higher Education.
The CEB Department has submitted an application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.