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Awards for supporting women in science

Staff are celebrating awards that recognise their work to support women in science.

Two Schools within the University's College of Science and Engineering - the School of Informatics and the School of GeoSciences - have each achieved an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Their accolades recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science in higher education and research.

Representatives from the Schools will receive the awards at a ceremony at the University of Liverpool on 12 December.

Gender equality

Staff in the School of Geosciences have upgraded their previous bronze award to the silver category.

They focused on raising awareness of gender equality issues, including unconscious bias training, career coaching and reducing the number of single-sex interview panels.

The School has also hosted a range of events including career paths in academia and a Women in Science and Engineering Day, featuring high profile speakers including Laura Bates and Dame Professor Athene Donald.

We are very pleased to have received the silver Athena SWAN award, which recognises our hard work in the area of gender equality. We must not now be complacent however, and we have a very ambitious action plan that we must now put in to place. We aim to make the School of Geosciences a welcoming and fair environment for all those who work and study within it.

Dr Niamh ShorttSchool of GeoSciences

Successful renewal

The School of Informatics first won an Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2013. As each award is valid for three years, the School applied for renewal in April 2016.

We are delighted that our application has again proved successful. In recent years we have seen significant increases in the number of women in our student body and an increased proportion of women among our professorate. Although there remain challenges in achieving and maintaining a more equitable gender balance throughout the School, we have set ourselves ambitious targets and clear and specific actions which we are confident will further increase the representation of women across all measures.

Professor Johanna MooreHead of the School of Informatics

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