Athena Swan Charter

Promoting Careers Opportunities for Women in STEM Subjects

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) in higher education and research.

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in 2005 with three core beliefs:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

The University of Liverpool achieved the Athena Swan bronze award in 2010 and within the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Computer Science we achieved this in 2015.  Both the University and the School are actively working towards Athena Swan silver status.

The Athena initiative is supported at the highest levels of the Faculty, with the developments and actions led by senior staff and designed for female members of staff in relation to transparency of information for career progression, appraisal, equal opportunities, networking, mentoring and work-life balance.

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