Athena SWAN Charter

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. All departments at Exeter are committed to holding an Athena SWAN 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. We are delighted that all five CLES departments have achieved Bronze or Silver status, and they are all working towards their Silver. You can view our awards and applications below. 

CLES DepartmentAward LevelDate AwardedApplicationWebsite
Biosciences (Streatham) Bronze April 2015 View Biosciences' Athena SWAN application here Visit website here
Geography (Streatham) Bronze April 2015 View Geography's Athena SWAN application here Visit website here
Sport and Health Sciences Silver April 2014 View Sport and Health Sciences Athena SWAN application here Visit website here
Psychology Bronze November 2014 View Psychology's Bronze Athena SWAN application here Visit website here
Psychology Silver November 2015 View Psychology's Silver Athena SWAN application here   Visit website here
CLES Cornwall Bronze November 2014 View application here Visit website here
CLES Cornwall Silver November 2015 View CLES Cornwall's Silver Athena SWAN application here Visit website here

All of the University's successful Athena SWAN applications can be accessed on the central Athena SWAN Awards page.

Get Involved:

Each CLES department has an active Athena SWAN or Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee comprised of individual members spanning all staff and student pathways and grades. The Working Groups are responsible for monitoring our Athena SWAN data, implementing actions and initiatives and ultimately, to assess and evaluate the impact of these. If you are interested in becoming involved in your departmental working group, please contact your discipline lead.