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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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We are pleased to announce that our Athena Swan Bronze Award has been conferred for a further five years by Advance HE, following our latest submission to the 2020 application round.

The award formalises our ongoing commitment to addressing gender inequalities in Higher Education, recognising our progress so far and providing a clear pathway for improvement within CEB over the next five years.

“I am absolutely delighted about this outcome,” said Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department. “We are striving to foster a culture where everybody thrives and can give their best, and feels welcome irrespective of gender, ethnic background, or belief. We thrive on diverse values and ideas and I want CEB to be a place that provides an inclusive and protective environment for all. As we go forward, we will be reviewing what effect our planned actions have on inclusive outcomes across the department – the feedback we received from the Athena Swan exercise will be immensely valuable in this effort.” 

“CEB has been working to improve its culture so we can have a welcoming department that could attract the best academics and students, while showing strong examples of women at leadership roles to inspire new generations of women,” said Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, Chair of the Athena Swan Working Group.

The awarding panel commended the Department on our work so far, highlighting initiatives such as the “teaching-free gap year for staff returning from long leave, so they can reconnect with their research (page 39); the Returning Carers Scheme to support researchers with conference fees, additional equipment or teaching buy-out (pages 39-40); support for new starters (page 30); and raising awareness of EDI via the Diversity Days (page 41).”

The panel also provided useful feedback supporting the implementation of our proposed action plan.

The Athena Swan Working Group will be working closely with the Strategic Management Board and other relevant committees over the next few years to address the points raised in our submission and action plan and ensure CEB continues to improve the environment for women at all levels and in all roles.

Read the full 2020 submission and action plan.

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