The Athena SWAN Charter recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) employment in Higher Education. Swansea University College of Science is making considerable inroads in effecting a change of culture, notably via our Equality and Diversity Forum and engagement with Athena SWAN and we embrace good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting equality in STEMM in higher education.
There are ten Athena SWAN principles in the new expanding charter:
We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support function.
We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.
Dr Carole Llewellyn is the Chair of the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for the College of Science. The college is now actively delivering towards achieving a Silver Award.
Award success for Swansea University!
Swansea University has been formally recognised for its commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN silver institutional award in the latest review round by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
Biosciences Promotion Workshop
Biosciences Dept led a Promotion Training W/shop for Biosciences and Geography on 04/10/17
Emily Shepard and Luca Borger, two of our successful promotion stars, have kindly offered to talk to us through their view of the promotion process and the steps along the way for a successful case. This is more personal perspective than the more formal training arranged by the University and the plan is to keep it interactive to address any questions you might have.
Bronze Award Success!
Award Celebration Event
Prof. Dave Clarke receiving the Bronze Award
Celebrating the Bronze Award in the COS
The COS SAT Team
Women in STEMM Conference 2017
Dr Carole Llewellyn (Biosciences) spoke at the Swansea University Women in STEMM conference in April 2017.
Biosciences Dan Forman nominated for Mary Williams Award 2017!
We are pleased to announce that our Biosciences member of staff Dan Forman has been nominated for the Mary Williams Award 2017 at Swansea University. The award aims to recognise individual contributions to the University's culture and community and in total there were only 22 nominations this year. Dan was commended on his good work, best practice and continued hard work in the department and wider Univeristy, I'm sure you will congratulate Dan on his nomination, well done Dan!
An implicit association test (IAT) is a measure within social psychology designed to detect the strength of a person’s automatic associations between representations of objects or concepts. IATs are used to examine positive or negative associations and are a way of measuring our implicit biases.
The IAT is a metric often used within social psychology to measure the strength of a person’s automatic association between mental representations of social groups (concepts) and positive or negative ideas (constructs) and, while not universally accepted as a valid and reliable measure of a person’s unconscious bias, is at present, the dominant method for assessment .
Taking an implicit association test will familiarise you with the method used to measure unconscious bias and may also provide you with some insights into your own biases. It is a good way to identify:
= biases which you may not be aware of
= biases which you may not want to admit to having.
You will find a range of implicit association tests on the Project Implicit website. Project Implicit is a non-profit organisation and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit bias. The tests are free to access and complete.