Campus Services
Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Campus Services

Athena SWAN

The Roslin Institute and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and have been awarded the Athena SWAN Gold and Silver Awards respectively, in recognition of their commitment to women's career development.

Athena SWAN gold

The Roslin Institute

The Roslin Institute has received a Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition for 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.

The Institute was granted the award in recognition of the additional efforts made, over and above standard University wide policies, to promote gender equality and address particular challenges for women within science.

The Institute has been a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2011. The Institute received the Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2012 and the Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014. The Roslin Institute is one of only 10 University departments or institutes across the UK to hold this prestigious award.

We are delighted to receive the Athena SWAN Gold award. This award acknowledges policies and changes made at The Roslin Institute to improve equality for all our staff and students.

Professor Eleanor RileyDirector of The Roslin Institute

As part of the SWAN process, the Institute has developed a three year action plan to progress with current initiatives and to further address challenges for women within science.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies

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.

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.

Professor Anna Meredith

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:

Related Links

The Roslin Institute receives Athena SWAN Gold award

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN at the Dick Vet