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Promoting Women in Science

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

Lancaster's Farideh Honary and Jane Owen-Lynch with the bronze award certificate Professor Farideh Honary and Dr Jane Owen-Lynch

Athena SWAN at Lancaster University

Bronze Award

In 2008 Lancaster University won its first Bronze Award.

the bronze award was successfully renewed in 2012.


Faculty and department level awards

Lancaster's Faculty of Health and Medicine and The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) were both awarded Athena Swan Bronze awards in 2013.

Silver Award

Plans are underway to submit an application for a Silver award. Lancaster's case for silver will set out the positive changes that have been made in areas such as:

  • Promotion and career development
  • Support for staff at key career transition points
  • Flexible working
  • Working culture
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Representation on decision-making committees
  • Cover for maternity and adoption leave and support on return
  • Timing of departmental meetings and social gatherings
  • Outreach activities
  • Induction and training
  • Support for female students

Flexible Working Practices

Our Silver Award submission will highlight Lancaster University's encouragement of flexible working practices. Read more about the positive experiences of Science and Technology staff.