The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in 2005, 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) in higher education and research. It aims specifically to address the lower proportion of women than men found in senior academic, professional, and support roles, and formally recognise departments and institutions that are taking action to identify and overcome barriers to career progression for both sexes. In psychological science, although females outnumber male students at the undergraduate level, women remain heavily underrepresented at the higher levels of academia.

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 advancing gender equality by addressing the barriers that affect ALL (not just women).

The School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen nurtures a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all. It has been officially recognised for its efforts to advance gender equality - becoming the first of the University's Schools to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  The School’s successful application was led by Dr Margaret Jackson with essential support from the rest of the self-assessment team - a working group of colleagues based in the School of Psychology and the two University Athena SWAN officers, Dr Maria-Grazia Cascio and Dr Rhiannon Thompson.  Read about this achievement in the School of Psychology’s Winter 2016 Newsletter.  Click here to see who’s currently on the School’s self-assessment team.

An example of an initiative that helped the School meet the Bronze Award criteria was the establishment of a Family Conference Support Award, which provides financial support for women and men with child caring responsibilities to attend conferences.

Our School is also home to an active Early Career Researcher Forum, encompassing postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers.

The School has also made a formal commitment to ensuring key meetings and events are held within core-business hours

Enquiries may be sent to Dr Doug Martin or Dr Rachel Swainson