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Athena SWAN Announcement

Congratulations to the School of Law and Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER)

Law and IER have been successful in achieving a Bronze Athena SWAN award in the November 2018 submission round. This is further excellent progress for our Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professor Vanessa Munro, Law School, who as Head of School at the time, was part of the submission drafting team. She told us, “We are delighted to have secured this award, which is a reflection both of the hard work of the drafting team and of the broader commitment across the school to inclusivity and equality.”


Athena SWAN Silver Charter Mark award to 2022

The University has retained its Silver Athena SWAN Charter Mark in the 2018 submission round. The charter mark is an important indicator of work undertaken to address gender equality in academia and professional and support roles.

Two departments also secured awards – with Politics and International Studies (PAIS) receiving a Bronze award and Life Sciences progressing from Bronze to Silver.

Professor Pam Thomas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair of the University’s Athena SWAN working group commented:

“Whilst retaining silver is extremely welcome, this has involved a significant level of additional work as we have experienced the goal-posts for the charter mark moving from consideration only of the academy in STEMM subjects (2013 Silver Award) to the whole University staff community by 2018.

I would like to thank colleagues on the institutional Self-Assessment Team (SAT) from across the University for their hard work and support and, likewise, those on their Departmental SATs. We have an Action Plan for the University that we'll need to take forward under the award and I do hope we can count on your support and advocacy for this too.

This has been a great team effort throughout the many months of endeavour and has shown that academic and professional services staff from across the university and student representatives can work very effectively and successfully together on initiatives such as Athena.”

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). The Charter was officially launched in 2005, with the first awards conferred in 2006.

In 2015, the scope of the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines (AHSSBL), and to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Charter is based on ten key principles encompassing issues such as:

  • commitment to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality,
  • recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality,
  • commitment to addressing the loss of women along the career pipeline,
  • addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional services,
  • tackling the gender pay gap,
  • commitment to tackling discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people
  • active leadership of advancing gender equality from those in senior roles.
Warwick’s involvement so far

By being part of Athena SWAN, Warwick is actively committed to adopting its principles.

We achieved our first award in 2009 – the Department of Physics achieved Silver status, followed by a Bronze Institutional award.

Warwick’s STEMM departments have awards ranging from Bronze to Silver. In the Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Business and Law departments (AHSSBL), WBS hold a silver award with PAIS, CEDAR, Sociology and Philosophy all holding Bronze awards.

Many of our participating departments have found the process extremely useful to critically analyse their staff and student data, and the processes and procedures they use to advance gender equality.