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Informatics gains Silver Athena SWAN Award

It was announced today that the School of Informatics has won its first Athena SWAN Silver Award.

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The application was led by Jane Hillston who was assisted by an Informatics-wide Athena SWAN self-assessment team.

The award highlights the School's commitment to advancing women's careers and will provide impetus for further improvements.

We are delighted to have achieved a Silver Award for our first Athena Swan submission. The process was rigorous and involved consultations with staff and students as well as the collection of stats and the development of a clear action plan. Achieving a Silver award is evidence that the School provides a supportive environment for females in STEMM. The action plan we have developed will continue to foster this environment.

Jane Hillston

Edinburgh is one of over 80 universities and research institutes which are members of the SWAN Charter. The Charter is open to any university or research institute which is committed to the promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in academia. Overall the University of Edinburgh has achieved a Bronze Award.

Mirella Lapata will take forward the actions outlined in the plan in her new role as School Equality and Diversity Coordinator.