What is Athena SWAN?

What is Athena SWAN?

‌ECU’s 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 (STEMM) employment 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

This follows the successful pilot of the Gender Equality Charter Mark Scheme and its subsequent merger with the Athena SWAN Charter. Now all departments, from all disciplines across the University of Glasgow, can submit for gender equality awards under the Athena SWAN process.

What is happening at the University of Glasgow?

The University joined the Charter in August 2011 with the endorsement of the Principal and the Senior Management Group. Following our submission in November 2012 the University was awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in April 2013

In September 2015 the University signed up to the expanded key principles, submitting an application for a new Bronze Award in April 2016. The Gender Equality Steering Group provide leadership and support the University’s gender equality ambitions and programme of work on Athena SWAN.

Since 2014, Schools and Research Institutes have applied for their own Athena SWAN Awards. These awards recognise achievements in having action plans in place which demonstrate progress made on gender equality, and include actions on how they intend to continue to progress. Support for this work is available through the Athena SWAN Network and Surgeries.

University of Glasgow Submissions:


Institute of Health and Well-Being (2015)

School of Physics and Astronomy (2015)


Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (2016)

School of Computing Science (2015)

School of Veterinary Medicine (2015)

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (2014)

School of Chemistry (2014)

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (2014)

School of Law (2014)