Athena SWAN is a Charter Mark that recognises work undertaken by universities to address gender inequality. Within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics there has been a historic and consistent pattern of female under-representation in both the student body and academic staff profile - reflecting the sector as a whole.
We do not believe that an individual’s potential to succeed in our disciplines is determined by their gender; it is concerning, therefore, that women continue to be underrepresented.
Improving working practices benefits everyone, whereas inaction will adversely affect women more than men. Through the schools’ work towards an Athena SWAN award, we have adopted the Ten key principles that underpin the Charter. This underlines our commitment, and sets out our reasons for taking positive steps to address unequal gender participation in our subject areas.