Athena SWAN

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

Charter members can apply for recognition in the form of Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards at either Institutional or Department level. The three levels of awards recognise plans, and progress against plans, to address gender inequalities, to change culture and attitude, and to tackle structural barriers to women making career transitions into senior academic posts.

"As Head of Computing Science, I place the highest personal priority on our participation in the Athena SWAN programme. Together, the School is working to create the vibrant, dynamic and open-minded environment that will achieve gender equality and will deliver world-class research and teaching." Chris Johnson

The School established a Working Group to take forward an initial Athena SWAN bronze application (Section 6: action plan may be of particular interest).  Our self-evaluation and action plan took on board your views through a survey focussing on three key areas: career and development; working environment; and gender issues management, and analysis of a range of datasets.   

A departmental Bronze Award from Athena SWAN  was confirmed in October 2015 recognising our commitment to provide the resources necessary to eliminate gender bias and create an inclusive culture that values female staff.

Thank you to all who have contributed so far.

Why Athena SWAN?

  • The Charter demonstrates the commitment to gender equality, good management practice and the advancement and promotion of careers of women in STEMM.
  • Research into the impact of Athena SWAN activity demonstrates that making Universities better workplaces for women improves their quality for men as well.
  • Athena SWAN recognises Positive Action that can be taken to redress this unfairness; it does not support, reward, or endorse Positive Discrimination which is, of course, illegal in the UK.
  • Athena SWAN enhances both internal and external reputation with the development of initiatives to bring about longer term cultural change which will benefit all staff and students.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to equality and diversity is an essential component of successfully engaging with the Internationalisation agenda in terms of attracting the best staff and student talent; Research Excellence Framework; and Widening Participation work.
  • EPSRC has also considered linking funding to Athena SWAN participation; it has not definitively ruled out linking funding in this way in the future.
  • RCUK includes Athena SWAN participation within its evidence of a commitment to Equality and Diversity by Institutions and Departments.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are core hours for Computing Science?

Core hours are from 10am to 4pm. Generally, committee meetings and research seminars should be timed to take place within core hours. This makes it easier for staff and students with care commitments to participate in meetings and seminars.

Is it possible to contact female computer scientists directly?

Yes. We have dedicated mailing lists for undergraduate and postgraduate female Computer Scientists. Please get in touch with Alice Miller or Jeremy Singer if you want to send a message on either/both of these lists.

I am an early career researcher who requires flexible working patterns due to family responsibilities. Are any specialized grants available?

Yes - consider applying for a Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship. If you are attending a conference and require funding for childcare, please apply for support from the university carers' conference fund.

Are there any fellowships specifically targeted at female computer scientists?

Yes - if you are a researcher, consider applying for a L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science fellowship. If you are an undergrad/postgrad student, consider applying for a Google Women Techmakers scholarship.

Would a colleague at Glasgow be willing to review my fellowship or scholarship application?

Yes, the chair of the Research Committee (Simon Gay) is happy to review fellowship applications, or to find someone else who is suitable.

I have recently become a parent. Where can I find advice and support at the university?

Why not join the Parent Buddy Network? This group facilitates peer-support and advice around managing childcare issues and workloads.


Committee members

Current members of our Athena SWAN self-assessment team (SAT) are:

Dr Gerardo Aragon-Camarasa   Ms Ivelina Doynova  
Professor Matthew Chalmers    
Dr Ornela Dardha   Dr Katie Farrell  
Miss Anastasia Fliatoura   Dr Mary Ellen Foster  
Professor Simon Gay   Mr William Kavanagh
Ms Angela Loy Dr Kitty Meeks  
Dr Gethin Norman Ms Alex Pancheva
Dr Jeremy Singer Jeremy Singer