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"At Royal Holloway we are taking a lead role to inspire future action to deliver the next generation of female scientists and engineers in the UK. Our university was formed from the merger of Royal Holloway College and Bedford College, both originally women only colleges of the University of London established in 1886 and 1849, so it is very much part of our history and our current vision to promote an inclusive environment as an innovative, co-educational university."

Professor Paul Hogg, Vice-Principal and Dean of Science


Women in STEM

Royal Holloway has had success in achieving a greater proportion of women in its Science Faculty than the national average. This success has been achieved in part by the introduction of policies and procedures that ensure representation and fairness and where possible facilitate a family friendly working environment. This is reflected in the Faculty of Science possessing two departments with Athena Swan Silver awards (Physics and Psychology), and four with Bronze awards (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Geography) and the department of Physics additionally being one of only 11 in the country to be awarded Project Juno Champion status by the Institute of Physics.
We will open a new Engineering Department at Royal Holloway in 2017 where the goal will be to achieve a genuine gender balance in a subject, electronic engineering, where the national average for female students is only ten percent of the cohort.

Supporting women in science at Royal Holloway

In November 2009 the College signed up to the principles in the Athena SWAN Charter and in July 2010 it was awarded institutional Bronze status.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. 

In May 2015 the charter was expanded by the Equality Challenge Unit, recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.


Our Athena SWAN Awards

Physics were fast-tracked to Silver status as they already held Project JUNO Champion status from the Institute of Physics.

Psychology hold Silver status 
Earth Sciences hold Bronze status

Computer Science hold Bronze status

Geography hold Bronze status

Biological Sciences hold Bronze status

Mathematics are also applying for Bronze status




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