Ada Lovelace was the English mathematician who in the 1840s wrote the first computer algorithm.
As a University, we currently hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award; the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has been awarded a Silver status. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any higher education institution or publicly-funded STEMM-focused research institute which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
- The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe
- It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area
- Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords
Silver Award holders have:
- Demonstrated particular challenges and plan activities for the future
- Taken action in response to previously identified challenges (within or without the Athena SWAN process) and can demonstrate the impact of implemented actions
- Achieved a significant record of activity in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges across the Faculty
- Athena SWAN charter principles well embedded within the Faculty and strong leadership in promoting the charter