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27 September 2013

University honoured for promoting gender equality

Filed under: Latest news — Tags: , , , , — Communications Office @ 3:35 pm

The University of Essex has been honoured for its commitment to help advance women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine).

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

The University has won a Bronze award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards,

Essex has been successful in gaining a Bronze university award in the Athena SWAN Charter awards, which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia. The honour is in recognition that Essex, across the whole institution, has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to achieving a significant improvement in women’s representation and career progression in STEMM subjects has been recognised. This is an important step for the University and we are keen to build on the momentum gained by achieving this award. We will be working to identify and address challenges faced by particular disciplines within STEMM subjects and we are also participating in the Equality Challenge Unit’s Gender Charter Mark trial which extends the principles of Athena SWAN to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

“I am personally committed to improving the gender balance across the University and see equality and diversity as a mainstream, essential activity of this University. It is what the University stands for in providing a fair and open environment for staff and students.”

Having achieved this award, the next step is for individual departments/schools within the Faculty of Science and Health to apply for their own awards in recognition of the specific work they are doing to promote gender equality and address challenges particular to their discipline.

To qualify for the award, the University had to demonstrate that it had a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. The University then had to develop an action plan to promote gender equality.

 

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20 March 2013

View the new vodcasts

Filed under: Research impact — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 2:30 pm

In celebration of Science and Engineering Week (15-24 March) we introduce a series of vodcasts to highlight the amazing research we undertake at Essex, and the fantastic opportunities we offer students. These include an introductory vodcast by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster and Dr David Pevalin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

[National Science and Engineering Week vodcasts: read more]

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12 March 2013

Robots, zombies and welly walks

Filed under: Research impact, What's on — Tags: , , , , — Communications Office @ 4:21 pm

Robots, zombies and well walksTo mark National Science and Engineering Week (15-24 March), the University of Essex is opening up its laboratories to showcase inventions and discoveries that tackle some of the key global challenges of today.

Staff, students, local school pupils and members of the community are all welcome. Highlights include a 30-minute tour of the Coral Reef Research Unit and Bioimaging Lab, two one-hour tours exploring the natural treasures of Wivenhoe Park and the Colne Estuary, and a chance to take part in real research into crowd behaviour by impersonating a zombie.

[Robots, zombies and welly walks: read more]

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