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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 higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice.

Athena SWAN was originally aimed at women's progression in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), and the majority of UCL STEMM departments hold Athena SWAN awards. From April 2015, has been opened up to departments in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law departments.

The University is committed to the aims and princples 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 most recent Athena SWAN application, the Provost stated that "My commitment to advancing equality is based in my belief that our culture, research and teaching will be significantly enhanced when the staff and student population, at all levels of seniority, fully represents our society."

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


Our Physics and Astronomy department has achieved a Juno Champion award, which is equivalent to an Athena SWAN Silver. 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: 28th October 2016