Update, October 2020: Athena SWAN success

Following our submission in April 2020, we have been successful in achieving our Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award under the revised Charter principles for a further five years. This recognises our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in higher education, and work the undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Cranfield University has been successful in achieving a prestigious Bronze Athena SWAN award. The institutional award recognises our commitment to advancing women’s academic and research careers in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

Professor Simon Pollard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, commented: “We are delighted to be awarded a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality at Cranfield. Our forward action plan, developed by Senior Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner, Hiran Odedra, and the self-assessment team, has far-reaching implications for talent management and retention at Cranfield.  It will contribute to our growth strategy and lift the attractiveness of Cranfield as a place to work even further. ”

Through its award system, the Athena SWAN charter aims to advance equality and diversity in higher education and research, by promoting and supporting gender equality for women. In particular, it emphasises the progression of women to senior roles in STEMM areas  by removing obstacles to their advancement, ensuring equal pay and mainstream support, through action at all levels across the organisation.

Hiran Odedra, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner, said: “Cranfield is fully committed to gender equality and achieving this award supports our culture change agenda which will benefit all staff. The three-year action plan to improve recruitment and retention policies and procedures, with other initiatives such as the Aurora and the Women as Leaders programmes, which are already in progress, will continue to build upon this work.”

Notes for editors

About Athena SWAN:

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 and it helps the higher education sector to address the continuing underrepresentation of minority ethnic staff in higher education and the underrepresentation of women at senior levels and in certain subjects.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.