This depends on the department. The self-assessment team should come to a decision based on the results of their self-assessment, on how much good practice is already in place and on the awards guidance. If a department can show evidence of impact of good practice, there is no reason not to go for Silver. Without clear evidence of such impact, however, departments should apply for Bronze.
No. The deadline for all submissions is 5.00pm on the last working day of April or November, by which time the letter of endorsement needs to have been received, and submission document and action plan emailed in PDF format.
Yes. If they are part of your department’s research or academic staff then they should be included. Non-STEMM staff (STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) in STEMM departments should be included in the data as they are working in a STEMM department, and, unless it is a large department with lots of non-STEMM staff, it is not necessary to separate them. For non-STEMM departments/units in a STEMM faculty/college, if they are included in the data then they should be separated where possible.
Departments with clinical and non-clinical staff should separate these two groups when presenting staff data. The Athena SWAN assessment process will look at the staff you employ directly. For departments who carry out clinical work, this often includes:
- Clinical academics and general dental practitioners employed directly by your department including those who also carry out programmed activities outside the university
- Academic clinical fellows
- Academic clinical lecturers
- Allied health professionals employed directly by your department
You may also wish to refer to any qualitative data you have for clinical or allied health professional staff who are not employed by you but who are contracted to carrying out programme activities for you in substantive roles (such as dental education roles). There is no requirement to include these people in your quantitative data.
This text is adapted from the FAQs of the Athena SWAN website.
Athena SWAN uses the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills definition of SET, as laid out in the Science, Engineering and Technology Skills in the UK report (March 2006). SET is defined in the fields of medicine, dentistry, subjects allied to medicine (for example nursing, psychology, pharmacy), biological sciences, veterinary sciences, agricultural sciences, physical sciences (for example physics and chemistry), environmental sciences, mathematical and statistical sciences, computer sciences and ICT, engineering, technology, architecture, and building and planning.
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There is no standard timeframe after receiving a Silver award within which a department should apply for Gold. When applying for Gold, a department should be able to show sustained progression and achievement in promoting gender equality and addressing challenges particular to the discipline, as well as ‘beacon activities’ such as championing and promoting good practice to the wider community.
In the Athena SWAN team’s experience, it is likely that a department would need to renew their silver award at least once before achieving a Gold award, so that a well-established record of activity and achievement in working towards equality in the career progression of women in STEMM can be complemented by data demonstrating continued impact. The outward-facing work of the department and its role as a champion of gender equality and good practice is also key to the panel’s decision to award a Gold, as is the extent to which gender equality is embedded throughout the department.
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