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FSE Departments Working Toward Athena SWAN Award Status

Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE)

In ‌the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) the department of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) is serving as a trailblazer for the Faculty  in working towards submitting for an Athena SWAN Departmental Award.  Other departments are expected to follow.


Meet the Architecture and Built Environment Athena SWAN Departmental Champion


Dr Subashini (Shuba) Suresh is Athena SWAN Champion for Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).  Shuba is a Reader in Construction Project Management . She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is also an active researcher and has successfully supervised PhD students , Post-doctoral researchers and research assistants. Shuba has received the Rewarding Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching and also been recognised as a Blended Learning Tutor. She was a Visiting Professor at Bradley University, USA.

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Some highlights of Dr Subashini Suresh's work on equality and diversity within STEM

  Conference paper:

Paper entitled 'Factors Affecting the Equlaity and Diversity of Women in the UK Construction Industry: An Empirical Study' won the best paper award at the International Conference on Sustainable Futures (ICSF) 26 – 27 November 2017, Bahrain.  The conference had received numerous papers and only 65 papers were accepted after peer review. Read here Shuba Paper (PDF 219K, Downloads file)


Dissertation supervision:

 Undergraduate students:

 1.      Dean Nokes  dissertation entitled “Women in construction: Perceived barriers and stereotypes in the West midlands” – completed in 2017

2.      Rachel Nicola Toor -  “The (in)visible Barrier: An investigation into the factors affecting the equality and diversity of ethnic minority women in the Built Environment”  - completed in 2017


PhD supervision:

Andrea Mondokova  - “Facilitating career development of women in STEMM: Towards increasing, participation progression and retention” – 2016 – 2019


Other Activities Include 

Athena SWAN events in the School of Architecture and Built Environment

 1.      Shape the Future at Black Country Museum (BCM) on 29th June (year 10 school students – 50 students attended) – Brief was given to refurbish BCM.

2.      Scifest – Athena SWAN stand on family day 1st July (around 100 families attended). Activities included: colouring sheet with information on what different engineering involves; building arch, Lego and badge making.

3.      Women in Property and Construction event held on 7th July (40 delegates attended). The focus was on various stakeholders (Professional Bodies, Industry, UG and PGT).13 Speakers shared their experience in the industry.

4.      Journey through a PhD: Unlocking the doors to opportunity held on 14th July (27 delegates attended). The focus was on potential PhD students and current PhD students. Four speakers presented and a round table discussion was held.


FSE Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team ASSAT

The FSE ASSAT is currently under review.

FSE Faculty Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team meeting schedule

FSE Faculty ASSAT meeting schedule will appear here