Athena SWAN Charter







The Athena SWAN Charter promotes and rewards good practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of female academic staff in HE and the promotion of family-friendly practices. The Charter originally focused on female academics in STEMM, but from May 2015 has expanded its remit to include all academic subject areas and non-academic staff employed in academic schools.

Please follow the links below for further information about the University's Athena activities.

University Athena awards

The University was awarded Athena Bronze University status in November 2011, renewed in November 2014.  The award recognises the commitment the University has made to the Charter principles and the actions we will take to promote the recruitment, progression and retention of female academics in STEMM.

All Schools in CoLES have Bronze Athena awards. The majority of Schools in CoEPS have Bronze awards, with the School of Physics and Astronomy holding a Silver award. CoMDS holds a Silver Athena award.

You can read the University and School Athena award applications here.

Working towards an award

The remit of Athena has changed from May 2015 to include non-STEMM Schools and Professional Services staff working in Schools. A transitional timetable has been put in place for STEMM Schools who are applying for or currently hold awards.  Award submissions will continue to be twice a year, with the deadlines falling on the last working day of April and November. The new arrangements mean:

  • Schools in CAL and CoSS will need to apply under the new post-May 2015 awards scheme with immediate effect
  • Schools in CoEPS, CoLES and CoMDS can continue to apply for and/or renew awards under the pre-May 2015 for the November 2015, April 2016 and November 2016 awards rounds
  • From April 2017 all awards applications must be under the new scheme

Pre-May 2015 awards toolkit and resources

Post May-2015 awards toolkit and resources

Further help and information

UoB Athena SWAN Coordinator: Susan Squire, Staff Diversity Adviser, ext 42673

Athena SWAN Charter:



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