Athena SWAN

Womens Day 2017
Geography and Geology women, International Women's Day, March 2017

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The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment is committed to providing a good working environment for its staff and is working towards applying for an Athena SWAN award

Find out more about Athena SWAN at the University of Leicester.

About the Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancements in gender equality: representation, progression and
success for all. The Charter was established in June 2005 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. The Charter was expanded in May 2015 to recognise work
undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles,
and for trans staff and students.

The importance of Athena SWAN

The Charter examines the representation of women (and men), the progression of students into
academia, the journey through career milestones and how gender may affect these areas and the
working environment for all staff. We know that women are under-represented in science - the more
senior the role, the greater the deficit. In some disciplines there is significant under-representation of
women at all levels. Disciplines with under-representation run the risk of missing talented people it
would otherwise gain and retain, and disciplines dominated by one gender are likely to have an
unbalanced approach.

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