Athena Swan

At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, we are currently working towards our first Athena SWAN award. Here you will find information about the work we are doing to improve gender equality within the Faculty.

Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter began in 2005, recognising the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all working in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and 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

For more information about Athena SWAN, please visit the ECU's Athena SWAN website