Women in Engineering and Technology

Equality and diversity are not only important but integral to the working and learning environment at the University of Hertfordshire. Meet some of our female role models in engineering:

Removing barriers

A female lecturerIn the School of Engineering and Technology we want to make sure that as a higher education institution we are able to attract, develop, retain and encourage women to study and work within science, engineering and technology and bring innovation and creativity to industry, the higher education sector and to the University itself.

We acknowledge that some academic areas are affected by female under representation at all levels, which can be exacerbated by schoolgirls' and young women's progress through the education system. We are committed to understanding the issues affecting women in advancing at each level and removing the barriers to their success.

As an Athena SWAN department, we work to raise the profiles of women in science and engineering.

There is a commitment to achieve a Silver award from our Self-Assessment Team for the work undertaken in the School of Engineering and Technology but first, to receive the Bronze, the School needs to:

  • demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future.
  • use quantitative and qualitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities.
  • have a plan that builds on this assessment, and those lessons learned from any existing activities already in place.

Outreach activities are actively supported by the academic staff both through the University of Hertfordshire contacts and external contacts with Professional Institutions and Schools.

An inclusive culture

A female student looking at a UH carThe Self-assessment Team have identified and actioned policies and practices to eliminate gender bias in job adverts.

Flexible working processes are actively supported by the School and nominations are made yearly for female staff to undertake the Aurora LFHE programme and local management and leadership programmes.

The inclusive culture means that all staff are encouraged to increase their profiles, conduct research and publish.

  • Staff support


    Fixed term contracts

    Flexible working
    - The University offers a range of flexible working options

    Induction and development
    - Health and safety module
    - Equality and diversity essentials
    - Diversity in the workplace
    - Academic staff may also enrol on the CPAD (Continuing Academic Development Programme)

    Job share

    Maternity, Paternity, Adoption leave and Dependant care

    Day nursery
    For staff and students with children under school age. The University of Hertfordshire is committed to the provision of childcare facilities for use by staff and students. The day nursery is based on the College Lane site in Hatfield and accepts babies and pre-school children.

    Peer coaching provision

    Promotion and progression
    - Equate job evaluation
    - Professorships
    - Readerships

    Recruitment and selection

    Wellbeing benefits
    From the sports complex at Hertfordshire Sports Village, to helpline services available all day every day, the University offers a range of benefits to support your wellbeing

    View more Athena SWAN support for students and staff

  • Research and Knowledge Transfer
    • Centre for Engineering Research (CER)
      The Centre for Engineering Research carries out research across the engineering disciplines. Research staff collaborate with European and global partners and work alongside industry to deliver innovative solutions to a range of engineering problems.
    • PhD opportunities
      We have an excellent record of successful PhD supervision with a focus on providing PhD students with a highly qualified and experienced supervision team combined with a dynamic and exciting research environment within which to carry out your research.
    • Knowledge and innovation
      The University of Hertfordshire is a highly respected source of knowledge and innovation, with a vibrant culture of working closely with business.
  • Useful links

Athena SWAN Bronze Award


See a list of Athena SWAN news from the University of Hertfordshire.

Athena SWAN

See the University Athena SWAN pages for more about the initiative and news of our Women in STEMM Network.