The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s commitment to supporting the talents and potential of women in engineering has been recognised with its first Athena SWAN Charter Bronze Award for advancing gender equality.
The flagship scheme was set up in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research institutions.
The bronze award given to the University of Sheffield AMRC recognises institutions that have a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. It recognises that the AMRC Group is working to promote gender equality and identify and address challenges particular to the AMRC and engineering.
Dr Nicola Ridgway, who leads the Athena SWAN programme at the AMRC, said: “I am very proud that the AMRC’s commitment to gender equality and diversity has been recognised in this Bronze Athena SWAN award. We have made great strides, but this is just the beginning of our journey. The ethos of Athena SWAN is now part of our culture and we are determined to go further in improving equality across the AMRC and engineering in general.”
The award application was written by a dedicated team chaired by Nicola and co-chaired by the AMRC’s Chief Executive Officer Colin Sirett.
Nicola said: “Since the STEM team was established in April last year, it has engaged with thousands of school children from right across the Sheffield City Region, inspiring our young people to explore the opportunities of a career in STEM.
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