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15 May 2014

OU Wins Two National Awards for Supporting Women in STEMM subjects

The Open University (OU) has been awarded two departmental Athena SWAN bronze awards in recognition of its support to women working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

The successful departments are the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Physical Sciences. The departments won the awards this year for their solid foundation in eliminating gender bias and for developing an inclusive culture.

This latest achievement brings the total number of Athena SWAN awards at the OU to three, after receiving a bronze institutional award in 2013.

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University said:
“We are incredibly proud to have been recognised for the second consecutive year by the Athena SWAN Awards. Equality lies at the very heart of The Open University’s mission so to receive such a prestigious award is fantastic recognition of that goal.

“At the OU we are strongly committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM areas and will be looking to build on this achievement in the years to come.”

The Athena SWAN awards recognise success in developing employment practices to further - support the careers of women in STEMM departments in academia. Research undertaken by Athena and released in 2014 found that universities and departments that hold Athena SWAN awards are more advanced in addressing unequal representation than those that do not.

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Notes to editors

For further information on the Athena Swan Awards, please visit: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/content/athena-swan

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