The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
- The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) 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.
Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership.
What is Athena SWAN?
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
The Athena SWAN Award
The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education.
Why the School of Materials has applied for an Athena SWAN award?
We want to demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that:
- We support women, especially at key transition points in their academic careers.
- We promote and enable academic and research staff to achieve and maintain a work life balance.
- We work towards achieving equality and engaging women in leadership and decision making.