Vet school SWANs off with top award

Dame Julia Higgins, centre, presents the Athena SWAN award to Professor Anna Meredith, right, who chaired the vet school submission, and Catherine Eastwood, the human resources campus manager at Easter Bush.
Dame Julia Higgins, centre, presents the Athena SWAN award to Professor Anna Meredith, right, who chaired the vet school submission, and Catherine Eastwood, the human resources campus manager at Easter Bush.

A leading Midlothian institution’s encouragement of women through higher education has earned a national award.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary at Easter Bush has become the first veterinary school in the UK to receive an award that highlights excellence in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in higher education.

The Athena SWAN award focuses on opportunities for women in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in academia.

The vet school was presented with a Departmental Bronze Level award at a recent event held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The awards are granted for a three-year period and the university also received a renewal of its Institutional Bronze Award, recognising its solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

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