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Equality and diversity are central to the ethos in Chemistry at Southampton and we have been involved in Athena Swan since the University's first Bronze award in 2006. Gaining a Silver award in 2015 demonstrates our continuing commitment to building a positive environment that allows all members of Chemistry to share in our achievements and in the development and success of our department.

Dr Lynda Brown collecting Chemistry's award
Athena SWAN Silver Award

Chemistry at Southampton is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter that recognises a commitment to addressing gender inequalities. Our involvement in the Athena Swan project is to improve career progression for female academics in science, engineering and technology disciplines in higher education and research in Southampton Chemistry. The project aims to tackle an uneven representation of women in science and as a result achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts.

Southampton Chemistry was delighted to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award in April 2015 in recognition of our continued efforts to support the career aspirations of female chemists. Chemistry has been actively engaged with Athena SWAN for a number of years both by supporting the University's Bronze applications and through the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Southampton is fortunate to have excellent female academic staff.

Athena SWAN


Southampton Chemistry is a Silver Athena Swan Award holder.


Events and Links

Details of up and coming Chemistry events promoting equality and Women In Science.



Our policies reflect the commitment to equality within the department and wider university.



All academic staff and post-doctoral researchers are offered the opportunity to have a mentor.

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