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Athena SWAN

Country

United Kingdom

Implemented as:

Award for Charter members

First awarded:

2005

Name of the award:

Athena SWAN Charter

Presented by:

Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network)

Responsible for implementation:

Athena SWAN is jointly owned by the Equality Challenge Unit and the UKRC. It is funded by the Equality Challenge Unit, UKRC, Higher Education Funding Council, Royal Society and the Biochemical Society.

Target group:

Higher Education Institutions, and in Research Institutions that are part of a Higher Education Institution. (Research Institutions that are not part of a Higher Education Institution can apply for a SET Fair Standard award from UKRC. )

Tools:

Application form and self-assessment team

Categories for various target groups:

Different levels of Awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold)

Number of organizations receiving an award:

87 Awards and 59 Charter members

Short description / special features

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

Eligible organisations are Higher Education Institutions, and Research Institutions that are part of a Higher Education Institution. (Research Institutions that are not part of a Higher Education Institution can apply for a SET Fair Standard award from UKRC.) Where they are committed to the advancement of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research, these organisations can apply for Charter membership.

Membership of the Charter makes the university eligible to apply for a Bronze, Silver or Gold SWAN awards, which can help universities meet Equality Act 2010 requirements, work towards sustaining equitable working environments and enable them to identify themselves as employers of choice, not only to their staff, but to students, funders, Research Councils and industry.

Universities must achieve a Bronze award before individual departments or their Research Institution can apply for recognition in their own right. The logic behind this is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for a department to sustain an award without university support and underpinning university good practice policies and processes.

At Silver and Gold university levels, a university must show a significant record of activity and achievement across the full range of SET disciplines, with a substantial number of departments holding individual awards.

Departments and qualifying Research Institutions can apply for Bronze, Silver or Gold department awards.

Athena SWAN is jointly owned by the Equality Challenge Unit and the UKRC. It is funded by the Equality Challenge Unit, UKRC, Higher Education Funding Council, Royal Society and the Biochemical Society.

www.athenaswan.org.uk/html/athena-swan