Athena SWAN

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Recognising commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academia, addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines, professional and support functions and removing the obstacles faced by women

The Athena SWAN Charter was developed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to combating the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), and advancing the careers of women in STEMM research and academia. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The Charter now recognises work supporting and embedding equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. 

The University of Aberdeen has been a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has been committed to the Athena SWAN principles since 2011, working to ensure a diverse, inclusive and empowering work and study atmosphere for staff and students. In 2012, the University was awarded, and still currently holds, the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze award, which recognises our ongoing commitment to the advancement and promotion of careers and personal development of women in STEMM.

A dedicated Athena SWAN team work to ensure the Athena SWAN principles are embedded across the University and offer support to Schools and Departments with Athena SWAN actions and submissions. In addition, a Self-Assessment Team have been set up under the guidance of Professor Neva Haites, Vice-Principal for Equality and Diversity.

The University's 2012 submission and Action Plan can be found here:

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Athena SWAN Benefits

From establishing good working practices to improving funding prospects, an Athena SWAN accreditation has a host of advantages for departments across the University.

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Membership and Awards

Find out more about how you, your team and your research can benefit from institutional and departmental commitment to the Athena SWAN Principles.

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Policies and Support

A number of policies, support schemes and networks are in place to at the University of Aberdeen in compliance with the Athena SWAN Principles. 

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The CLSM are proactively embedding the Athena SWAN Principles across the College. Find out more about the initiatives available and how your team can get involved.