Athena Swan

Working Here

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences is a friendly and successful College which welcomes people from all parts of the world with diverse backgrounds and expertise related to wide areas of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. We are based in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of London, with a direct tube line straight into the heart of London, one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

All staff (academic, postdocs, admin and support staff) contribute to the life of the College through teaching, research, attending a range of seminars and social activities.

Athena Swan

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter recognizes and celebrates good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice.

Athena Swan News

  • Prof. Clare Williams gave the second Athena Swan Talk within the College on 5th November 2014.
  • Family friendly BBQ on 9th July 2014 was a success and all family members of the staff have been welcomed.
  • The Athena SWAN Award for Outstanding Female Engineer at ResCon’2014 has been introduced.
  • The Vice Chancellor, Prof Julia Buckingham, has given a talk to women staff and students in Engineering and Design, April 1st 2014
  • As part of a ceremony held in the Eastern Gateway Building in December 2013, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her outstanding service to medicine and health.
    Following the Conferment of Professor Davies’ degree, Brunel lecturers Dr Sarah Kingdom Nicholls and Stephanie Tempest received Research Awards from the Athena SWAN Charter – a project of which Professor Davies is an important proponent.
    To complete the proceedings, Sir Richard Sykes gave an address to the audience, in his first official function since being appointed Chancellor earlier in 2013.
  • Women’s Staff Network Group is launched at Brunel for anyone interested in confidentially discussing Women’s issues that affect staff in the workplace. More information can be found at

Second Athena SWAN Talk within the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

In November Professor Clare Williams, Dean of Research, gave a refreshingly honest and open talk to a female audience comprising academics, researchers, students and some professional staff within the College. She gave insights into her life, her move from a successful nursing career into academia and her motivation for progressing into research management. She explained strategies that she has found helpful in developing and working in teams and in facing the challenges as a female in HE. Interestingly, she noted that although not pre-planned, gender differences have emerged as a recurring theme running throughout much of her research. The talk was inspiring and much enjoyed by all present.

 Professor Claire Williams Professor Claire Williams

Family Friendly Social live

The summer BBQ is a family-friendly event that gives opportunity not only to get know each other well but also provides opportunity for the whole family to chill out.


The Athena Swan Award for Outstanding Female Engineer at ResCon’2014

ResCon2014The Athena Swan Award for Outstanding Female Engineer has been awarded Zoi Mylona who is supervised by prof. Maria Kolokotroni

Athena Swan Inaugural Talk within the School of Engineering and Design

In April the Vice Chancellor marked the development of the Athena Swan (Scientific Academic Women's Network) within the School of Engineering and Design with a keynote address to the female academic staff and female students such as the president of  Innovia, MiB  & the Design Society.
The Vice Chancellor shared personal insights into her life and career; what motivated her and how she came to choose the roads that have led her to her current position.   This personal perspective gave great encouragement to the next generation of women in Engineering and was enjoyed by all those who attended.

Athena Swan Lecture at Brunel University

Dame Nancy RothwellWe were delighted to have Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell deliver this first lecture on 30th January 2014.  She presented an overview of her “life in science”, explaining how she had chosen her degree subject, and how she had moved into biochemical research.  She was quite candid in explaining that she had initially been reluctant to move on to managerial roles, which get in the way of the “fun” of research, but she is obviously very happy in her current role.

Page last updated: Friday 14 November 2014