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Individual statements of support for the Athena SWAN project at Wolverhampton

'I'm supporting the University of Wolverhampton's Athena SWAN initiative because...'

This page will provide a selection of comments from staff/students and external figures identifying their support for the University of Wolverhampton's Athena SWAN project, and the importance of the initiative

Athena SWAN - Baroness Greenfield


 "I am supporting Athena SWAN at Wolverhampton because it is making a real difference to women working in Higher Education. As well as the practical benefits to developing one's career, the feeling of solidarity with others in the same position, is invaluable. As I mentioned in a speech in the Lords in March, on women's empowerment, we still have a long way to go: but Athena Swan is helping us get there much faster".

Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield CBE



Susan Greenfield is a research scientist, best-selling author and broadcaster. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2002 she was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to author the ‘Greenfield Report SET Fair: A Report on Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology’. In January 2014, she was included in the Debrett's 500, "a recognition of the most influential and inspiring 500 people in Britain."

 Image supplied by Prof Alice Roberts to accompany quote in support of the University of Wolverhampton's Athena SWAN work.

"Congratulations on your Athena Swan bronze award - the first, official step in the right direction".

Professor Alice Roberts


(photo by Lorian Reed-Drake)


Alice is a clinical anatomist, broadcaster and presenter of a number of popular science-based tv series for the BBC, which include The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Prehistoric Autopsy and Ice Age Giants.  She writes a regular science column for The Observer, and has authored five popular science books. Her current role is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.

 Athena SWAN Support - Rob Marris MP


 "The UK needs more scientists, and more gender equality.  As one way of advancing towards achieving both those goals, I support the efforts of the Athena SWAN Project to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.   In this connection, I applaud the decision of the University of Wolverhampton to call its new laboratory building the Rosalind Franklin Science Building – named after one of our country’s greatest scientists".  

Rob Marris MP for Wolverhampton South West




Rob Marris is in his second spell as MP for Wolverhampton South West having been re-elected in May 2015. He previously served as the constituency MP from 2001-2010.

 Athena SWAN - Danielle Brown pic

 "I think it's important that the University signed up to Athena SWAN because that's a national recognised award...and sport traditionally is not populated by many women in coaching and elite sport at management level" 

Danielle Brown MBE, Gold Medal Paralympian.

See more of Danielle's interview about the University of Wolverhampton's commitment to Athena SWAN here.

Paralympic Gold medallist Danielle Brown MBE is a three time World Champion and record holder in Archery.