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What is Athena SWAN?

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice.

The University is committed to the aims of Athena SWAN and was one of the first Universities to sign up to the scheme. UCL was awarded its first University wide bronze award in 2006, and has since renewed this award in 2009 and 2012.   In his letter of support for UCL's bronze award renewal, 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''.

UCL's 50:50 group for gender equality takes responsibility for the University Athena SWAN application, and monitoring progress across the University.

Harriet Jones is UCL's Policy Adviser for Athena SWAN, please contact Harriet if you have any questions about Athena SWAN.


Our Physics and Astronomy department has achieved a Juno Practitioner award. Project Juno recognises and rewards departments who demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in Physics. Juno is run by the Institute of Physics.



The London Mathematical Society run the Good Practice Scheme to support Maths departments in working towards achieving Athena SWAN awards, and embedding support for women in Maths. UCL's Department of Maths, and the Department of Statistical Sciences have signed up to and support the LMS Good Practice Scheme.


UCL is a member of WISE . WISE campaigns and supports women and girls to pursue STEM subjects and careers. Their aim is to improve the proportion of female employees in STEMM fields from 13% to 30% by 2020. WISE run training and events which UCL staff can attend, and UCL departments can advertise jobs and events in the WISE newsletter and website.   


The Medical Schools Council and Dental Schools Council offer support for medicine and dentistry departments working towards Athena SWAN awards.




Last updated: 18th February 2015