What is Athena SWAN?
The Athena SWAN charter accredits institutions and their departments, in recognition of their commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Its founding principles are:
- The advancement of Science, Engineering and Technology is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
- It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
- Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
The University is a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has held a Bronze institutional award since November 2011. We are delighted that all five CLES departments have achieved Bronze or Silver status, and they are all working towards the next award.
The Bronze Award recognises a department or institution’s achievements in progressing gender equality with their organisation, together with a commitment to future improvement.
An Athena SWAN Silver award is granted in recognition of the positive impact of actions that a department or institute has undertaken to encourage the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in their organisation.
You can view our awards and applications below.
|CLES Department||Award Level||Date Awarded||Application|
|CLES Cornwall||Silver||November 2014
(Renewed November 2018)
|View CLES Cornwall's Silver Athena SWAN application here|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Bronze||April 2015||View Biosciences' Athena SWAN application here|
|Geography (Streatham)||Bronze||April 2015||View Geography's Athena SWAN application here|
||Silver||November 2015||View Psychology's Silver Athena SWAN application here|
|Bronze||November 2014||View Psychology's Bronze Athena SWAN application here|
|Sport and Health Sciences||Silver||April 2014||View Sport and Health Sciences Athena SWAN application here|
The CLES Athena SWAN Discipline Leads chair the departments' working groups which work towards achieving Athena SWAN accreditation, as well as addressing other equality, diversity, and inclusion concerns within their departments.
They are supported by Equality Diversity Inclusion Advisor Beth Pitcher.
|Department||Contact||Departmental Working Group Name|
|CLES Cornwall||Professor Annette Broderick||CLES Cornwall Athena SWAN Working Group|
|Biosciences (Streatham)||Dr Andrew Griffiths||Biosciences Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee|
|Geography (Streatham)||Professor Jo Little||Geography's Equality and Diversity Committee|
|Psychology||Dr Safi Darden and Dr Joseph Sweetman||Psychology Athena SWAN Working Group|
|Sports and Health Sciences||Dr Sharon Dixon and Dr Garrick Taylor||SHS Athena SWAN Working Group|