Athena SWAN Silver Award

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) in Cornwall has been successful in achieving an Silver Athena SWAN award.

Our commitment to Athena SWAN

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Cornwall has made a commitment to gender equality for all our staff and students. We have recently been awarded a Silver Athena SWAN department award, recognising the many initiatives we have put in place.

Our goal is to attract, retain and promote women throughout our pipeline.

Here are a few of our forward-thinking policies designed to promote an inclusive Department in which world class research and teaching can thrive:

  • A transparent promotional process
  • Mentoring for staff and students
  • Training and workshops
  • Gender balance on interview panels and decision making committees
  • A dedicated outreach officer

We have set out an action plan to overcome the obstacles that are in the way of female scientists progressing into successful academic careers. These include ensuring that all of our staff have the ability to work flexibly around caring for their children or other family commitment, giving female academics more time to focus on research after maternity leave and making sure that our department is transparent and accessible.

We believe that a fair and balanced workforce will benefit everyone in our Department and attract the very best students and academics from our rich and diverse society.