What is the Athena SWAN Charter?

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded, and it now covers:

  • Women, and men where appropriate
  • Academic roles in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM)
  • Academic roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
  • Professional and support staff
  • Trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Learn more about the Athena SWAN Charter


Equality and diversity supports the following aspects of the University’s Strategy 2020:

  • Enabling all staff to fulfil their career and personal ambitions.
  • Create a fair and open working environment that embraces all staff and supports them in their personal as well as organisational goals.
  • Engage closely with students, alumni and partners, listening to them and hearing their voices, concerns and ambitions.
  • Continue to enhance the student experience, and in particular our collegiate approach and opportunities for wider learning and development.