GCU awarded Athena SWAN Bronze for advancements in gender equality

06 October 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is proud to have been formally recognised for its commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU)’s prestigious Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.

The Charter was developed in 2005 to support the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and medicine in higher education and research.

In May 2015, the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

GCU signed the Athena SWAN Charter in 2011, and the University’s commitment to gender equality has been driven by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE since 2006.

Professor Gillies said: “I am delighted that the University has been successful in achieving an Institutional Athena Swan Award. This is a tribute to the hard work of the many staff who have devised and implemented our plans to support gender equality across the University. There is a genuine commitment at GCU to continue to tackle inequalities by gender wherever they occur. The Athena Swan Charter has a vital role in promoting the drive for us to further embed equality and diversity throughout the University.”