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

STEM Ambassador Hub

The West Midlands STEM Ambassador Hub at a Primary Maths and Science Teachers Conference

On Thursday Zoe and Liz from the STEM Ambassadors Hub went to a Primary Maths and Science Teachers Conference in Birmingham. They shared ideas, resources and most importantly how schools can request STEM Ambassador support from the University with over 100 Primary School teachers from the West Midlands.

The West Midlands STEM Ambassador Hub at the Big Bang West Midlands

On Thursday Katie, Linda and Sue from the STEM Ambassadors Hub went to The Big Bang Fair West Midlands. They ran a teachers area and gave lots of teachers advice about the STEM activities that we can support them with in school and how to request a STEM Ambassador from the University of Worcester.

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

Pitchcroft Parkrun Starts Saturday

A new Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun has been initiated and developed by one of our current Sport Business Management students, Sam Payne. The run launches on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 9am, with a 8.45am meet at the grandstand

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures.

Please do attend and offer your support for this 5k event and for Sam.

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit

University of Worcester News – a round-up of news, events and success stories

autumn-2016_university-newsfcFrom students competing at the Rio Games, to hosting talks at the Hay Festival, the Autumn issue of University News is packed full of exciting stories. The main feature article celebrates the University of Worcester being shortlisted for University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2016).

Autumn 2016 University News



University News – May 2015

The May 2015 edition of University News is now May 2015 Uni Newsavailable for download and includes a review of key news, updates and milestones from around the University of Worcester. This issue features the Guardian University Award for the Arena, the launch of Steven Knight’s new screenwriter’s award and student scholarships.

As always we would be very happy to receive any news and comments from members of the University via

University News and Vice Chancellor’s Report

The latest editions of University News and the Vice Chancellor’s report from the University of Worcester are available here:

Vice Chancellor’s Report July 2014

University News July 2014

University News celebrates a number of recent successes at Worcester, including the opening of our National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Domestic Violence and a wide range of student achievements. The Vice Chancellor’s report addresses many of the pressing issues facing Higher Education, including tuition fees, nursing and midwifery places.

As always, we are grateful for news and suggestions from you, so please keep in touch with us at

University News – May 2014

The May 2014 edition of University News is now available for download and includes a review of key news, updates and milestones from around the University of Worcester. This issue features multiple successes on the basketball court, new projects for our research centres and student achievements.

As always we would be very happy to receive any news and comments from members of the University via