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''.
Departments and Institutes are also working on Athena SWAN awards. There are currently five silver award holding departments at UCL, with a further 24 departments committed to, and working towards Athena SWAN awards.
|Last updated: 14th August 2013|