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UCLan awarded bronze Athena SWAN charter

29 September 2014

Rachel Atkinson

University recognised for commitment to women in specialist subject areas

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been awarded a prestigious educational chartermark for its commitment to women in specialist subject areas.

In its first attempt, UCLan has been recognised in the Bronze Institution category of the ECU Athena SWAN award.

The award recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research. It also highlights that UCLan has a good proportion of women at professor and senior management level and has flexible working policies.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, UCLan’s Public Engagement Manager, said:

“We are extremely pleased to have this external acknowledgment of our commitment to supporting the career progression of women in STEM areas."

“The Athena SWAN process has identified areas of good practice and great strength, which we are now rolling out across the University. We look forward to continuing to implement the action plan and continuing to support our staff in this way.”

UCLan was among seven institutions, including two research institutes, who achieved their first ever Athena SWAN award. It is funded by ECU, the Department of Health, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Royal Society, the Biochemical Society, the Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Authority Ireland.

Representatives from UCLan will collect the award at a ceremony on 6 November at the University of Cambridge.