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Athena SWAN and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at WMS

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, as well as for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

What we are doing

We are proud to offer a range of initiatives and projects at Warwick Medical School which encourage gender equality in the workplace, from mentoring and shadowing schemes to dedicated events, flexible working schemes and family spaces. Find out more.

Take a look at our case studies to find out how members of the WMS community have benefited from these initiatives.

Find out more about our successes in the university awards held in November 2022, in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the enhancement of Gender Equality, and our support for the early and mid-career network, mentoring and shadowing Scheme.

How we work

Our Athena SWAN initiatives are led by our Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and supported by Athena Swan Champions in 14 working groups. The SAT and working groups include academic, clinical and administrative staff of all grades from across all of our divisions, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Involving our community

We work closely with our staff and students to make sure our Athena SWAN strategy is shaped by our whole community. Find out about some of the ways we do this.

Case studies

Athena SWAN actions have made a real difference to members of the WMS community. Take a look at our case studies to find out more.