Athena SWAN is a project for the advancement of gender equality in academia. In particular it is committed to the promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research, which aims to increase significantly the number of women recruited to top posts in academic and professional roles.
Ten Principles of Athena SWAN
The Athena SWAN charter process is based on ten key principlesLink opens in a new window. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.
The Department of Chemistry is committed to addressing gender inequalities, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science and to improving career progression for female academics. It is also seeking to retain those women who might otherwise leave a career in Chemistry by introducing more flexibility into the workplace and, at the same time, creating a better work environment for all staff.
The Department of Chemistry currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, signifying robust and sustained activity and achievement in promoting gender equality. This marks the 10th year that the Department of Chemistry has held an Athena SWAN Silver Award.
We are also committed to supporting flexible working through our Chemistry Flexible Working Policy
Athena Swan Silver Award
The Department of Chemistry submission has once again reached the required standard for a Silver Award. This is valid until March 2027.