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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 the prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze award, our ongoing commitment to the advancement and promotion of careers and personal development of women in STEMM was further recognised in April 2017, when ECU renewed the University's Bronze Award for a further three years.

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.

The University's submission and Action Plan can be found here: University of Aberdeen Athena SWAN Bronze