About Athena SWAN
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. The Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET).
Institutions pay an annual subscription to be a member of the Charter, and as members they 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.
The Athena SWAN Charter is managed by the Equalities Challenge Unit. Application forms and guidance are available from the Athena SWAN website.
ECU Athena SWAN Medical and Dental Advisory Group
The Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Medical and Dental Advisory Group provides guidance and support in relation to Athena SWAN for the medical and dental schools and related departments. The group includes representation from the Equality Challenge Unit, Athena SWAN, representation from university medical and dental schools, clinical and non-clinical academics of different grades and HR professionals.