University of Bath

Who are University of Bath?

University of Bath is an energetic connected community, committed to excellence in research and education, embracing the opportunities of today’s world and addressing its challenges. Knowledge and experience are connected in the search for understanding and solutions; study and practice are connected through high-value placements and strategic partnerships to prepare excellent students for future success; and students and staff are connected in an inclusive, collegial, ambitious learning community. To belong at Bath is to be connected, and together to build for our future.

University of Bath is a predominately STEM focused Top 10 leading UK university (ranked 8th in the Table of Tables) with an international reputation for teaching and research excellence with 2,968 staff and 20,331 students. Our new 5-year Strategy supports our mission to be an outstanding and inclusive University community, characterised by excellence in education, research, and innovation, working in partnership with others for the advancement of knowledge, in support of the global common good. We have four Faculties, Engineering & Design, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management, incorporating 17 departments. Bath is named as one of the world’s top universities across 23 subject areas in the QS World University Rankings (2020) with courses placing a strong emphasis on vocational education. 87% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014). We were awarded Gold TEF standard (2017) and were Ranked 1st (in England) and 2nd overall in NSS results (2021).

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are University of Bath involved in?

Over the next five years, University of Bath has committed to an ambitious five year action plan focused on addressing intersectional inequalities. As part of our institutional Athena Swan Silver award and wider ED&I agenda, we will go further to recruit from a more diverse applicant pool, support flexible working for everyone, improve our maternity leave offering, and remove intersectional barriers to researchers’ career progression.  Our institutional-level Athena Swan ambitions are matched at departmental level, with ten Bronze and six Silver awards. All our gender equality plans are available online. In 2020, we introduced ELEVATE – an innovative leadership and development programme run by GW4 for BAME women. There are many other activities and projects that we are running to support women’s recruitment and retention in STEM, including ‘Reimagining Recruitment’, which is driving a culture change surrounding academic recruitment, especially at early career stages. More information is available on our ED&I website.

Why did University of Bath join WISE?

“At Bath, we value, promote and celebrate inclusion, challenging discrimination and putting equality, diversity and belonging at the heart of everything we do. We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. By joining WISE, we complement other initiatives and achievements, e.g. our Athena Swan Awards, which help us attract best candidates from a more diverse talent pool and provide more support for staff and students at Bath.”

– Aiste Senulyte Zubiniene, ED&I Officer

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