What is the Athena SWAN Charter?
Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter scheme recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and to promote good practice.
The Athena Advisory Group together with a self assessment team, made up of individuals across all levels in SET, prepared UCL's successful Bronze Award application. These initiatives include providing positive support for women at key career transition points and working towards changing the culture and gender balance in decision making.
In his letter of support for UCL's renewal of the Bronze Award, the Provost stated, that UCL "will take all necessary action at university, faculty and departmental levels to monitor progress towards an organisational culture where all can thrive, are equally valued, and experience equality of opportunity for career progression."
Professor Jan Atkinson, UCL's previous Athena SWAN Coordinator, set up UCL's Athena Advisory Group to engage the UCL SET community in taking forward the Athena agenda. In 2007, Professor Atkinson was one of two Strategic Advisors on the Gender Equality Scheme. Currently Professor Atkinson is leading on a new project: 'Women in Leadership and Management ', with the Provost's backing,
UCL aims to achieve silver and gold awards at departmental and institutional level over the next few years.
Why is UCL an Athena SWAN member?
As a founder signatory of the SWAN charter, the Provost has committed UCL to Athena's aims. Also, the majority of UCL's staff work in Science, Engineering and Technology departments.
|UCL has recently renewed its Bronze Award in recognition of UCL's achievement in the collection and analysis of key data and the development of action plans on gender equality in SET.
Follow the link below to view details of the application.
4 UCL departments have received Silver awards from the Athena SWAN Charter. The departments are: Chemical Engineering, the MRC Laboratory for Molecular & Cell Biology and the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.
Click on the links below to view the individual departments action plans, applications and data.
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
MRC Laboratory for Molecular & Cell Biology
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
What do we do if our department, division or faculty wishes to apply for an award?
If you want to gain recognition for the way your department supports women's careers then send an email to Fiona McClement UCL's Athena SWAN Coordinator and she will arrange to meet with the relevant members of the department to discuss data gathering and the application process.
Guidance and application forms can be found here.
Women in SET mailing list
A mailing list has been set up for women in SET to communicate virtually with one another and to share information about women in SET. If you would like to join this email group please send an email to Sonal Bharadva.
|Last updated: 30th April 2013|