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Athena SWAN . Athena SWAN charter is committed to the advancement and promotion of women in science. Bad working practices detrimentally affect women, good working practices benefit all.

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Athena swan

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN charter is committed to the advancement and promotion

of women in science.

Bad working practices detrimentally affect women, good working practices benefit all.

The Biology Department is proud to foster a supportive culture that helps all staff and students reach their full potential

Biology Athena SWAN working group: Ian Graham (HOD), Chair RC,

Jane Hill, Nina Pirozek, Mel Smee, Katie Wilson, Chair BoS, Chair GSB, Admissions, u/g rep.


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  • We are first Biology Department in Britain to get Gold.

  • York Chemistry also holds a Gold award

  • The University of York has a Bronze award

  • The University of York is the only British University to hold 2 Gold awards


Female representation at different career stages in biology at york

Female representation at different career stages in Biology at York


10 increase in female researchers since 2010 and little difference in the of female pgr and pdra

10% increase in female researchers since 2010, and little difference in the % of female PGR and PDRA.


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Gender parity in Researcher appointments and interviewees in Biology at York, near parity in applicants.


Gender parity in academic appointments in biology at york but only 30 of applicants are female

Gender parity in academic appointments in Biology at York, but only ~30% of applicants are female


Current activities proposed topics to address in future

Current activities & proposed topics to address in future:

Action points:

  • Destinations of graduate/PhD/post-doc leavers by gender (mechanism for collecting this information?)

  • Why do people apply to York? Can this be improved?

  • Set up mentoring networks for researchers. What do you need?

  • Named researchers on grants – is there a gender bias?

  • More support needed for getting fellowships, and other career opportunities? (We often appoint RC fellows to lectureships). Can provide mentorship, briefing workshop for fellowship applications.

  • Mentoring of PhDs by researchers/PDRAs.

  • Researcher leadership courses

  • Bridging funds for post-doc salaries

  • Training to sit on recruitment panels.


What more can the department do

What more can the Department do?


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