The Principles of the Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena Swan Charter is based on ten key principles, and our objectives directly align with the principles of the charter as we seek to identify barriers and implement initiatives that will contribute to changes in culture and attitudes. In aligning to the Charter the Institute has adopted the Athena Swan Charter's principles, such as those listed below within its policies, practices, action and culture.

  • We are committed to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
  • We are committed to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including: the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
  • We are committed to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
  • We are committed to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
  • We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.

What does it mean to hold a Gold Award?

  • The Institute has identified and demonstrated how it has overcome particular challenges and plan activities for the future‌.
  • Has used quantitative and qualitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities.
  • Has a plan that builds on this assessment, and lessons learnt from any activities already in place.