The Athena Swan Project

Encouraging and recognising commitment to advancing gender equality.

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.

Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

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.

The Athena Swan Charter:

  • helps institutions achieve their gender equality objectives.
  • assists institutions to meet equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils.
  • uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants identify areas for positive action, as well as recognise and share good practices.
  • supports the promotion of inclusive working practices that can increase your retention of valued academics and professional/support staff.
  • female scientist
  • female software engineer
  • mathematics
  • Woman with Sample

Athena Swan Principles

The Athena Swan Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena Swan, institutions are committing to a progressive Charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practice, action plans and culture.

Read about them here.

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Athena Swan guidance and FAQs

We want to make it easy to find everything you need. So, we have created an easily downloadable information pack. This includes guidance, templates and good practice examples to support your Athena Swan Charter award submission. Just fill in the form below and we will send you an email with everything you’ll need. 

Additionally, we have an extensive FAQs section which contains answers to commonly raised questions about all aspects of Athena Swan, from submitting your application to results.

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