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Health Sciences

Athena Swan

The Athena Swan Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.  It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET.

We believe, the Faculty of Health Sciences demonstrates a culture of nurturing and promotion of gender equality for staff involved in science and the Senior Executive team is committed to the Athena SWAN concept and addressing challenges particular to our Faculty. The Athena SWAN application process was launched in February 2012 and has involved a critical assessment of our Faculty profile, highlighting both positive and negative issues, and the formation of an action plan that addresses the negative issues. As part of the Athena SWAN application process we have provided opportunities for Faculty members to tell us about experiences of pursuing an academic career, including, for example, experiences of: working part-time and/or flexibly; balancing work, study and caring responsibilities; applying for promotion; undertaking outreach activities with schools for instance; taking maternity, paternity, or adoption leave, and the support received on return. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the roadshows and focus groups before Christmas and also everyone who completed the QuickCAT questionnaire last month.

The self-assessment team (SAT) is currently working hard to analyse all the quantitative and qualitative findings to write a commentary on the picture of our department and develop our action plan that will drive forward our gender equality practice for the next five years. The application submission deadline is 30th April and we anticipate circulating the application and results of our focus groups and survey to everyone then too. It is the aim of the SAT that through our action plan we make sure the Faculty of Health Sciences continues to be a better place in terms of happiness, productivity, finances and reputation.

If you would like to find out more, add more comments or talk to one of the Faculty of Health Sciences Athena SWAN Champions, please contact: athena-swan-hs@soton.ac.uk

Dr Cathy Bowen

Chair FoHS Athena SWAN SAT

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