Athena SWAN Benefits

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Athena SWAN awards, and the application process involved, help Schools and Research Institutes improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of female academics. The awards therefore play a significant role in helping Schools and Research Institutes carry out research at the highest standards of international excellence and maintain a competitive advantage. The process of reviewing and establishing good working practices around induction, staff development, training and flexible working as part of an Athena SWAN submission benefits the whole workforce.

In some research areas, future funding is likely to be tied to an institution’s commitment to Athena SWAN. Currently, the Research Councils UK expect those in receipt of RCUK funding to provide evidence of commitment to equality and diversity, and participation in Athena SWAN is mentioned as one piece of such evidence.