Aston University continually strives for excellence in diversity and inclusion. Its ethos is one of empowerment, fairness, and equality of opportunity. Staff and students are encouraged to share their ideas and contribute to a culture that is built on trust, learning and scholarship, engagement, innovation and ambition. Aston is the Guardian University of the Year 2020, in recognition of our work to reduce the BAME (Blacks, Asians, Minorities, Ethnics) attainment gap with emphasis on sustainability.
It has three Colleges, namely those of Health & Life Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Business and Social Sciences.
Aston University was awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Institutional Award in 2009 and Silver Award in 2018. It also has ## Athena Swan Department Awards conferred on the
University College London (UCL) is among the world’s top multidisciplinary global universities, as reflected in a range of international rankings. It is a research-intensive institution and a member of the Russell Group. UCL’s Gender Equality work is overseen by the centrally resourced Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, within the Office of the President and Provost. The process of AS chartering has been critical to the progression of gender equality at UCL through its evidence-based life-cycle methodology, with a focus on grass-root (departmental) and senior leadership (institutional) level engagement. UCL has been sharing its experiences in improving gender equality and good practice since its early engagement with Athena Swan.
The popular science and technology schools are Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (BEAMS); Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS); and Built Environment.
UCL was awarded Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2006, 2009, 2012; Silver award in 2016 and 2021. It has 39 Athena SWAN Department Awards of which 36 are in STEMM; these include 3 Gold, ## Silver and ## Bronze awards.
Queen Mary University London(QMUL) one of the UK's leading research-intensive higher education institutions, with students and staff from over 160 countries around the world. EDI as a major priority The new Strategy 2030 espouses QM’s vision to be the most inclusive research-led university of its kind anywhere. It is distinctive in linking its vision of inclusivity to the realisation of its academic mission. In addition to progressing Athena Swan initiatives, QM is engaged in gender equality activities more broadly, including the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED) a prominent international research centre at the leading edge of equality and diversity research and the Resilient Futures India Initiative (RFII) project.
QM was awarded Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2008, 2010 and 2013. It received the AS Silver award in 2016. The Departments of Biological and Chemical Science; and Physics and Astronomy have AS Silver Awards. Departments of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science; Engineering & Materials Science; and Mathematical Sciences have received the AS Bronze awards. The School of Medicine and Dentistry has 7 AS Silver awards.
King’s College London (KCL) focuses on world leading education, research and service and playing an increasingly proactive role in our more interconnected, complex world. Our vision is to make the world a better place through being an international community which serves the world. It has a distinguished reputation in health and sciences.
KCL strategy, is built on five pillars: Education, Research, Internationalisation, London and Service. Internationalisation is a core part of our mission: we are an international community which serves the world, based in the global city of London. It strives for all our staff and students to have a global problem-solving mindset. It believes it has a role to serve society through tackling global challenges, such as gender inequality, and can only have a positive long-term impact through sustainable, collaborative change. The recognised research centres of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, School of Global Affairs and the King’s India Institute conduct high impact research into society, including gender, and intersections of social structures of caste.
KCL received the Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2008, 2013, 2016 and applied for Silver Silver in 2020. It has 2 AS Silver awards for departments of Physics,; and Health. Other departments of Natural and Mathematical Sciences have the Bronze award.
University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities, well known globally for innovation in research and teaching excellence. It has a long-standing commitment to equality and diversity including promoting women in STEMM as a strategic goal. It has an exemplary list breakthrough discoveries and 25 Nobel laureates past and present in the academic community. Add to that several female pioneers and notable ‘female firsts’. Significant percentage of UoM’s research is judged as world-leading or internationally excellent. It is recognized for the benefits it brings to society and the environment.
The University received the Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2008, 2011, 2014 and is preparing for the Silver. Department AS Bronze has been awarded to eight Schools, namely those of Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil engineering; Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. Department AS Silver has been awarded to 6 schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Materials, Medical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy.
The University of the West of Scotland was established in 2007 following the merger of the University of Paisley and Bell College. The university has four Scottish campuses, in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley, with a London campus added in 2015. Its corporate strategy is to change lives, transform communities and encourage enterprise through outstanding, distinctive and progressive higher education. UWS is Scotland’s most successful widening access university, recruiting almost 50% of its students from Scotland’s most deprived communities. It has a growing number of international students. It is ranked very high on the Research Excellence Framework. UWS has four schools and fourteen divisions across five campuses in the UK. Two of these are in STEMM domains of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Health and Life Sciences.
Our commitment to Athena SWAN is embedded in our Strategic Plan and been strongly endorsed by our Court, Executive and received external acclaim.
The University received the AS Bronze award in 2016.
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