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WMS and Athena SWAN

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.

Warwick Medical School and Athena SWAN

WMS was the first Medical School in England to receive the bronze Athena SWAN award in 2012. Building on this success, we were one of the first two medical schools in the UK to be granted a Silver award in April 2013 for our school-wide work supporting the Charter for Women in Science.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar, Dean of WMS, said, ‘We were delighted to get one of the first Athena Swan Silver awards for Medical Schools in 2013. Since then and ably led by our Welfare Strategy Group, we have worked hard to support our talented staff and students, advancing the representation of women in science and medicine in WMS. This has reaped many benefits for all staff in the Medical School. Clearly, we still have much to do and we are committed to doing more to make WMS a better place to work in.’

What is the Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in June 2005, by the Equality Challenge Unit's (ECU), recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and 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.

ECU's Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Further information on the University of Warwick and Athena SWAN can be found in the Equality and Diversity section of the website.