Athena Swan

Since 2010, the Department of Zoology has held an Athena Swan Silver Award. It is the first department in Oxford to receive this award.

Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.  It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET.

The Silver award application process involves a critical assessment, highlighting both positive and negative issues, and an action plan that addresses the negative issues. Our Silver Award application can be viewed here . For further information contact our Athena Swan Champion, Stuart West.

Resources developed by our Athena Swan team:

  1. Zoology parents factsheet
  2. 15 things I wish I'd known before my DPhil by two previous female graduate students.

See also, The Girl's Guide to a Life in Science a collection of 25 mostly autobiographical essays by Indian women scientists, with a foreword by Sunetra Gupta.

In addition, to our Athena Swan activities, several staff participate inthe activities of groups such as WISE, FEST, UKRC GetSET Women, British Science Association and the Oxford Women’s Network. This involves seminars to the general public, interviews in national magazines (e.g. Marie Claire, Stylist, Scientific American), video interviews as well as web blogs/interviews.

Paul Harvey, Sunetra Gupta and Stuart West receive the Athena Swan Silver Award, on behalf of the department, 16th September 2010.