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The increasing role that women play in science, engineering and technology disciplines at Sheffield Hallam University has been acknowledged with a major national award.

Two academic departments from the University have been awarded Athena SWAN awards, which recognise excellence and commitment to the career progression of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Academics from the University's Biomedical Research Centre and Department of Biosciences were awarded a silver department award, and the Psychology Group were given a bronze department award.

Denise Eaton, project manager for the University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology team, said: "This is an excellent acknowledgement of the work Sheffield Hallam has done in recruiting and supporting women in a number of stimulating and important roles.

"Sheffield Hallam has a long tradition of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education across a wide range of science, engineering and technology disciplines, and the quality of its applied research and consultancy is recognised as playing a pivotal role in the economic and social development of the region."

Sarah Dickinson, the Athena SWAN Charter co-ordinator, said: "Congratulations to all the successful winners at bronze and silver level - those taking their first steps onto the podium, and those who are making consistent progress towards the top. The impact that the work within our HEIs continues to have on the careers and lives of women in science, and also their male colleagues, is inspiring."

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