St George’s, University of London, has achieved a coveted Bronze award for fostering equality and good employment practices between genders among staff.

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The Athena SWAN Awards recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments in academia.

The awards scheme is overseen by the Equality Challenge Unit which is funded by various education organisations.

St George’s achieved the Athena SWAN award thanks to a combined effort by staff both administrative and academic.

The initiative at St George’s was led by Dr Aileen O'Brien, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry.

She said: “I'm delighted that St George’s has been successful. This has been due to the hard work of the Athena Swan action group and of the assessment team. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed.

“I think the successful award reflects the achievements we have made at St George's in raising the profile of the issue of gender inequality in science and medicine and the real changes we have made.

“We now have the challenge ahead of applying for a silver award and I'm sure we will see the same level of enthusiasm and commitment in the next stage.”

Professor Peter Kopleman, Principal of St George’s, University of London, said: “We should recognise and applaud this important achievement; I very much appreciate the enormity of effort that has gone into the process by our staff in many areas.

“Importantly we are witnessing a real organisational change that will put us in a strong position as we move towards the next goal of a silver award"