The Athena SWAN Charter, in the UK run by AdvanceHE, is an international framework established in 2005, to support and achieve gender equality within higher education and research. It developed out work by the Athena Forum and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) at Lund University. The Charter has several key principles, for which participating institutions demonstrate their support, including:
We were awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in 2017, and were awarded a Silver Award in December 2022. The process of application involves a collaborative effort across the department, organised by a self-assessment team. Together, the team runs substantial audits of various systemic mechanisms, from student admissions and performance, through research activities, to the composition of senior management and the decisions they make that affect the environment of the department, and how these intersect with the Athena SWAN principles. This is presented in an application that sets out the data, how we have embedded the Athena SWAN principles into our systems and culture, areas for further growth, and a SMART action plan.
You can view our Athena SWAN Bronze award application here: Athena SWAN Bronze Application Archaeology
You can view our Athena SWAN Silver award application here: Athena SWAN Silver Application Archaeology