Welcome to the Athena Swan Project.

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.

We were established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment.

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The Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE members can apply for institutional and departmental Athena Swan awards recognising their gender equality efforts.

93% of Champions believed that the Charter has had a positive impact on gender issues in their university, department or research institute.

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