In the School of Engineering and Technology we want to make sure that as a higher education institution we are able to attract, develop, retain and encourage women to study and work within science, engineering and technology and bring innovation and creativity to industry, the higher education sector and to the University itself.
We acknowledge that some academic areas are affected by female under representation at all levels, which can be exacerbated by schoolgirls' and young women's progress through the education system. We are committed to understanding the issues affecting women in advancing at each level and removing the barriers to their success.
As an Athena SWAN department, we work to raise the profiles of women in science and engineering.
There is a commitment to achieve a Silver award from our Self-Assessment Team for the work undertaken in the School of Engineering and Technology but first, to receive the Bronze, the School needs to:
- demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future.
- use quantitative and qualitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities.
- have a plan that builds on this assessment, and those lessons learned from any existing activities already in place.
Outreach activities are actively supported by the academic staff both through the University of Hertfordshire contacts and external contacts with Professional Institutions and Schools.
An inclusive culture
The Self-assessment Team have identified and actioned policies and practices to eliminate gender bias in job adverts.
Flexible working processes are actively supported by the School and nominations are made yearly for female staff to undertake the Aurora LFHE programme and local management and leadership programmes.
The inclusive culture means that all staff are encouraged to increase their profiles, conduct research and publish.
See the University Athena SWAN pages for more about the initiative and news of our Women in STEMM Network.