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Gender equality is a long-standing concern for the University, particularly for female staff and students working in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Equal pay is also an important gender focus, where we have succeeded in maintaining 'equal pay for equal work' at all levels.

We recognise that there is an issue of gender inequality across the University's various disciplines, which is a principal focus for senior management. Several initiatives have been pursued, and our efforts are recognised by the University's Silver level Athena SWAN Award and a number of Bronze awards for faculties and academic units. These awards demonstrate our commitment to improving gender equality and ensuring fairness for female academics in all STEM subjects.

Enhancing opportunities for female academics

Much of the work targeted at research and academic staff involves improving career development opportunities, ensuring that female staff have access to appropriate training that will support them to further their academic career. This includes Springboard, career guidance, peer mentoring programmes and the staff networks: WiSET and Theano.

The University is also proud to showcase the successes of female staff, which is a particular feature of the annual International Women's Day events in March. These popular events including talks from prominent women from the University and industry, coaching sessions from career guidance professionals, and an evening celebration for female staff and students.

WiSET and Theano, our women's networks, are a strong influence on the International Women's Day events, and a powerful support group for gender equality in general. All year round, they work to raise awareness of challenges faced by women in their career and provide support to their members to ensure they achieve success.

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