Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The University of Worcester has successfully achieved the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

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The awards, made by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), recognise commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research.

The Universities application and associated action plan was developed by a Self-Assessment Team chaired by Dr John-Paul Wilson, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Research, who is also senior lead for Athena SWAN with Professor Maggie Andrews as Academic Lead for Athena SWAN.

About Athena SWAN

‌ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

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

The Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Athena SWAN at Worcester

The University is a member of Athena SWAN and is fully committed to the principles of the Charter. We set out our commitment in our application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2017, you can read the full application below.

For more information on Athena SWAN at Worcester please email

New Film – Marc Scriven – Athlete | Graduate | Mentor

We are proud to present this new University of Worcester video featuring our very own Marc Scriven.  Marc has very kindly shared his story with us and we hope it will inspire people from all backgrounds.

This is the first in a series of films we are producing, telling individual stories from around the University.

Please do watch the video and share with others.

Marc Scriven | Graduate - University of Worcester

International stage awaits Worcester sports students

A sizable global audience will tune in to hear two University of Worcester students deliver the first in a prestigious new series of online webinars that are to be hosted by The Inclusion Club.

The Inclusion Club is one of the leading online forums for the exchange of ideas, resources, and experience in the arena of disability and inclusive sport. With partnerships in over 30 countries across the world, The Inclusion club is an organisation with a truly global reach.

The webinar takes place on Thursday 12th March at 10:00 GMT, and those wishing to take part can get involved via:

As Inclusion Club Director and University of Worcester lecturer Ken Black explains:

“The Worcester Series marks the beginning of an exciting new partnership between The Inclusion club and the University of Worcester. The University is a national leader with an international reputation for excellent practice in inclusive sport, and I am sure that this collaboration will help us to share both our expertise and the ground-breaking work that we do in this area with a global audience.”

The first webinar in the series will be delivered by two University of Worcester students, Chloe French and Lauren Goater, who will be discussing their experience of working with the Worcester Snoezelen to provide inclusive sports opportunities for people with severe and complex impairments. The webinar will explore both the challenges they faced, and the huge personal and professional value they gained. As Lauren explains:

“This has been an amazing experience for us. To have the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of participants with a wide range of disabilities is a privilege. This experience has given me the chance to grow as a coach as well as provide fun and inclusive sports sessions to help the players’ development in a wide range of sports. For the experiences I have had, I will be eternally grateful to everyone at Snoezelen.”

University of Worcester Student Mentor Scheme

You are invited to attend the launch of the University of Worcester Student Mentor Scheme.

Wednesday 12th June 2013, 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Cotswold Suite, concluding with a networking lunch.

Our students are one of our most significant resources, both in terms of their capacity to enhance the learning experience for themselves and their peers and in their ability to inspire and support future learners. The University of Worcester has a long tradition in mentoring; students work on programmes across the University, including summer schools, student ambassadors, student and Aimhigher associates and subject specialist mentors. We want to do more. Mentoring roles are an excellent Earn as You Learn opportunity, enabling students to develop their key skills whilst adding value to their studies, developing their sense of belonging to the university and enhancing employability.

The University mentoring framework has been developed to support the growth of opportunities for students to work as mentors and to increase the capacity across the institution for new opportunities to be created. The framework provides structures and resources for staff to work with mentors. A universal online training programme for students wishing to become mentors and a simple single point system for monitoring and payment for student mentors has been developed.

If you are currently working with students in a mentoring capacity or you are interested in how you can work with student mentors then this is a must-attend event.

The session is aimed at all staff who:

  • currently employ University of Worcester students to work on projects and activities run by their department
  • would like to employ students but would appreciate some guidance and support on the practical elements
  • would like to find out more about the benefits of using students to promote your projects and activities

The event will include:

  • an outline of the mentor scheme and how it could be beneficial to your department
  • presentations and a Q&A session from students already working on schemes within the University
  • presentations on the new student training modules which have been designed to assist University of Worcester staff with student training
  • demonstration of the new on-line student time sheet system
  • practical tips and advice on employing students

The event will conclude with a networking lunch where you will be given the opportunity to discuss the scheme and have a closer look at the training and time-sheet system.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Julie Palmer, Access & Inclusion (