Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the diversity of all staff in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and aims to address gender, race and sexual orientation inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of certain groups in senior roles.

About this blog

This blog is a useful platform for staff members of the School of Earth and Environmental Science (SEES) at the University of Portsmouth, where they can stay informed (and report) about gender issues, gender discrimination and gender unconsciously bias among work colleagues. 

The blog is run by the Athena Swan SEES Committee, which is formed to guard all aspects of gender balance within SEES, as well as to deal with our Departmental Athena Swan Submission. We aim to post regularly on this blog news, articles, reports, statistics and policies related to gender balance and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM) academia.
The blog also provides everyone in SEES the means to voice any concerns, report any gender problems or to suggest departmental policy improvements using this blog. 

If one wishes to report an issue in SEES, please use the “Gender alert!” button on the blog to submit your issue. 

If anyone in SEES wishes to share any interesting news or to make a contribution to this blog on topics related to gender balance, please contact the Committee Chair, Prof. Jim Smith at, or the blog founder and administrator, Dr. Vopson at, to get editorial rights for this blog. Alternatively, please submit your “blog story” to any of the Athena Swan SEES Committee members and we will be able to post the story on the blog on your behalf.

We do not tolerate any abusive or offensive language. Any blog entry that falls into this category will be swiftly removed.