School of Engineering Athena SWAN

Gender equality in engineering

In industry

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.

In academia

Similarly, within academia, women have historically been underrepresented in engineering disciplines. 

The School of Engineering is committed to removing gender bias and promoting a positive working environment where all employees feel empowered to achieve their professional goals.

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a national charter that recognises the work of higher education institutions and their departments 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 was awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2018, recognising the steps taken towards promoting gender equality for engineering staff and students.