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Gold Athena Swan success for the School of Biochemistry

Press release issued: 24 November 2022

The School of Biochemistry have been successful in their recent application for a Gold Athena Swan Award.

Congratulations to the School of Biochemistry on their Gold Athena Swan Award, recognising their significant and sustained progression and achievement in promoting gender equality and addressing challenges particular to the discipline. The School has been a beacon of achievement in gender equality, championing and promoting good practice to the wider community, both internally and to external institutions. This marks the first Gold level Award within the University of Bristol.

Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, said:  

'It is excellent to see our commitment to equality recognised in the Athena Swan Gold level award for the School of Biochemistry, the first Gold level award to be received within the University. This is a fantastic achievement, and testament to the great teamwork of colleagues in the School. I look forward to further future successes.'

Professor Jeremy Tavaré, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences added: 

'I am delighted to congratulate the School of Biochemistry on their Gold Athena Swan Award success. This is an outstanding success, recognising the continuing progress the School has madeover several years of active engagement with the Athena Swan Charter Principles.  These principles lie at the heart of creating a fair, equitable, diverse, and enjoyable workplace which is essential to undertaking the most impactful life sciences research and education we can, and I am very proud that the first Gold Award for the University of Bristol has been conferred within the Faculty of Life Sciences.'

Professor Nigel Savery, Head of School commented: 

'The whole School is delighted by this award, which recognises the inclusive culture that has been so carefully fostered by our staff and students over the years. Whilst it celebrates past achievements it also challenges us to set and reach new goals to promote gender equality, and we’re looking forward to continuing this work.'

Congratulations to the School of Biochemistry on this landmark achievement.

The School of Biochemistry Self-Assessment Team, 2021

Further information

The Athena Swan Charter, now part of Advance HE, is a framework designed to support and transform gender equality within Higher Education. Awards are made to institutions in recognition of their commitment to promoting gender equality. Find out more about the University's commitment to the Athena Swan Charter.  

For questions relating to the Athena Swan Charter at the University of Bristol please contact the Staff Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Team. 

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