Athena SWAN

"The Athena SWAN Bronze Award was in 2014 awarded the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in recognition of its commitment to gender equality and improving career progression for female academics."

Athena SWAN Charter

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

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education.

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) 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.


Men too

Our Athena SWAN policies have a positive side effect for male staff too. For example, male staff with young families may benefit from flexible working hours.

Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership.

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