What is Athena SWAN?
ECU’s 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 (STEMM) 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 (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:
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
working environment for all staff
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. Currently we hold a bronze award and will soon be submitting a new application with the aim of achieving a silver award.