Bristol Veterinary School Athena Swan Award
24 March 2022
Bristol Veterinary School were successful in their recent application for a Bronze Athena Swan Award.
The Vet School, reflecting the wider veterinary profession, already has a strong female predominance in both staff and students.
The Head of School, Professor Tim Parkin, is committed to the Vet School submitting a Silver application in the coming years:
'Our key priorities are to encourage male students into the veterinary profession and to support our female academics through the promotion process, increasing our female representation at professorial level. Within our application we laid out ambitious plans to further improve gender equality within the School and to foster a positive, respectful, and fulfilling working environment.'
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises achievements and progress towards gender equality. Athena SWAN gives universities the tools to evaluate and improve their work in advancing the careers of women and achieving gender parity at all levels of seniority.
Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.