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Promoting gender equality

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and encourages employment practices that promote gender equality for all. Originally aimed at women's progression in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), Athena SWAN now extends to gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and professional services departments.

Our aim is to have all departments holding Athena SWAN Bronze awards by 2019-20.


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The University is committed to adopting the Charter’s ten key principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

Awards and applications

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Read about our awards and application, get started with your department application and access a range of resources to support you.


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Find out about the impact of our Athena SWAN work around the University and read our gender equality news.

In this video, Shami Chakrabarti talks about the importance of getting more women involved in STEM subjects.