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Athena SWAN in Sociology

The Department holds the Bronze Athena SWAN Award and our departmental submission can be viewed here: Sociology Athena SWAN submission 2017.

Athena SWAN at Warwick

As an institution, the University of Warwick currently holds a Silver Award. Information on Athena SWAN at Warwick can be found here.

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.

Sociology team accepting the bronze award
From L-R: Dr Maria do Mar Pereira, Professor Nickie Charles, and Dr Ruth Pearce accepting the bronze Athena SWAN award on behalf of the University of Warwick's Sociology Department.


Within universities and departments change is happening: organisational structures and practices are being improved, there is greater awareness around culture and gender equality and the importance of good communication is being highlighted.

Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Athena SWAN Charter Patron