Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN logoAthena SWAN is a charter scheme seeking to address issues of gender inequality in Higher Education. It was launched in 2005 with an initial focus on addressing the low numbers of women in STEM subjects. The University first achieved a Bronze institutional award in 2008. In May 2015 Athena SWAN was expanded to include the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. The University is now encouraging departments in these fields to seek recognition through the Athena SWAN charter for the work they are doing to address gender equality.

In June 2015 Dr Katharine Venter was appointed as the School lead on Athena SWAN. Katharine has established a small 'Self Assessment Team' who are working towards making an application for Athena SWAN recognition. Although there is a small team focusing on the Athena SWAN process, this is something that involves, and will benefit, everyone in the School.

These pages provide information on Athena SWAN, the rationale for pursuing recognition, information on the project team, the project plan and progress to that plan. These pages are updated regularly and will include the minutes of Self Assessment Team meetings and drafts of the School's Athena Swan application as it is developed.

We welcome input and participation from all staff and students across the School.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to get involved please contact Katharine.


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