Athena SWAN Charter 

The Athena SWAN Charter is about advancing gender equality within the HE sector. The scheme recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education. In May 2015 the Charter was expanded to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL) and in professional services roles.

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

The six principles which Charter members are asked to accept and to incorporate into their action plans are:

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation

The College joined the Charter with the endorsement of the Principal and the College Executive Committee. Our Self Assessment Team, chaired by Dr Christine Thuranira-McKeever, was  successful in it’s submission for the Athena SWAN organisational bronze award in October 2017. For more information about the Athena SWAN Charter, please contact Ferhat Nazir-Bhatti, Equality and Diversity and Inclusion Manager or Rebecca Costello, Deputy HR Director.

Submission and Action Plan 

Click to view our Athena Swan Submission and Action Plan.

Annual Updates and Progress Reports 

Athena SWAN Progress Update December 2020

Athena SWAN Progress Update December 2019

Athena SWAN Progress and Updates 2018

Athena SWAN Progress and Updates 2017

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