Office of the President and Provost (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)


Athena SWAN at UCL

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good gender equality practices in higher education.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena Swan charter is a gender equality framework used across the higher education sector. Participating institutions and departments use the charter to improve gender representation, progression and the working environment for all staff.

The charter is open to all subject areas and as of October 2020, 41 departments, divisions and institutes from across UCL hold Athena SWAN awards.

  • 21 departments hold Bronze awards
  • 17 departments hold Silver awards
  • 3 departments hold Gold awards


The University is committed to the aims and principles 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 2015 UCL received its first institutional Silver Athena SWAN award which was renewed in 2021.


Support and advice for staff and students

In 2020, a new Microsoft SharePoint site was launched, providing: 

  • Information on Athena SWAN 
  • Departmental submissions and key contacts  
  • Guidance on developing Athena SWAN submissions 
  • Information on the support available to departments preparing submissions

    Visit the UCL Athena Swan SharePoint site.

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