The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to women's career development.
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.
Granted for a three-year-period, the Silver award follows the award of the Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation to the School in 2013.
The School has received the award in recognition of its policies to promote gender equality and address particular challenges for women within science.
We are delighted to have been awarded Athena SWAN silver accreditation. This reflects our clear commitment to gender equality and support for career development and progression for women. We have embraced and embedded the Athena SWAN principles for the benefit of all our staff - men and women alike.
The process of achieving this accreditation is extremely rigorous and has been made possible as a result of a lot of hard work by staff and, in particular, Cat Eastwood and Professor Anna Meredith who led on our submission.
Professor Anna Meredith, who chaired the Athena SWAN submission on behalf of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS), attended the awards ceremony with Cat Eastwood, the human resources campus manager for the R(D)SVS and The Roslin Institute at Easter Bush.
As a vet and working mother who has had to balance the demands of an academic and clinical career with family commitments, as do so many of my professional colleagues, I was delighted to lead this successful submission for a Silver Award.
Although there are increasing numbers of women entering the veterinary profession and female undergraduates and recent graduates now outnumber men, there is still a ‘leaky pipeline’ in the progression of women through to more senior and professorial roles in the academic sector of the profession. The Dick Vet has demonstrated and been recognised for its clear commitment to gender equality and support for career development and progression for women, and has embraced and embedded the Athena SWAN principles, which will benefit all staff - men and women alike.
A copy of the School’s application and 3 year action plan is available to download below:
The University of Edinburgh has a range of family friendly policies aiming to support staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance.