School of Engineering Athena SWAN

Gender equality in engineering

Engineering offers a stimulating and rewarding career and yet women remain underrepresented across the UK sector.

There are many complex reasons that contribute to this, not least because historically engineering professions have been occupied in the majority by men.

However, the landscape is changing with industry determined to encourage more women into the profession.

The University of Plymouth and the School of Engineering have a critical role to play in preparing the next generation of engineers, from all backgrounds and identities to thrive in their future careers.

The School further aspires to support all academic staff to achieve their goals in research and teaching.

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a national charter that recognises the work of higher education institutions and their constituent units towards tackling gender inequality.

The University of Plymouth is a bronze Athena SWAN award holder, which means that we subscribe to the ten principles of the charter.

The School of Engineering recently submitted an Athena SWAN application which sets out the School's plan to improve inclusivity for students and staff in engineering.