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Promoting Women in Science

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

Silver Awards at Lancaster University

the Lancaster team with their silver awards Success for Physics and Health and Medicine. Laura Kormos, Jane Owen-Lynch, Farideh Honary and Catherine Pennington with their silver awards in June 2014

Lancaster Physics Department and Faculty of Health and Medicine were awarded Athena Swan Silver awards in 2014.

Lancaster's Bronze Awards

Lancaster's Farideh Honary and Jane Owen-Lynch with the bronze award certificate Professor Farideh Honary and Dr Jane Owen-Lynch receive Lancaster University's Bronze Award

In 2008 Lancaster University won its first Bronze Award.

The bronze award was successfully renewed in 2012.

Lancaster's Faculty of Health and Medicine and The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) were both awarded Athena Swan Bronze awards in 2013.

About Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN award submissions set out the positive changes that have been made in areas such as:

  • Promotion and career development
  • Support for staff at key career transition points
  • Flexible working
  • Working culture
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Representation on decision-making committees
  • Cover for maternity and adoption leave and support on return
  • Timing of departmental meetings and social gatherings
  • Outreach activities
  • Induction and training
  • Support for female students

Flexible Working Practices

An important part of Lancaster University's Athena SWAN submissions is its encouragement of flexible working practices. Read more about the positive experiences of Science and Technology staff.