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Athena Swan

The University of Warwick is a Silver Athena Swan award holder.

In committing to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter, we recognise that we join a global community with a shared goal of addressing gender inequalities and embedding inclusive cultures.

Each institution, research institute, department and directorate has different gender equality challenges and development priorities. These priorities are developed based on an understanding of the local evidence-base and national and global gender equality issues. In determining our priorities and interventions, we commit to

1. Adopting robust, transparent, and accountable processes for gender equality work, including:

  • Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture, decision-making, and partnerships, and holding ourselves and others in our institution accountable.
  • Undertaking evidence-based, transparent self-assessment processes to direct our priorities and interventions for gender equality and evaluating our progress to inform our continuous development.
  • Ensuring that gender equality work is distributed appropriately, is recognised, and properly rewarded.

2. Addressing structural inequalities and social injustices that manifest as differential experiences and outcomes for staff and students.

3. Tackling behaviours and cultures that detract from the safety and collegiality of our work and study environments for people of all genders, including not tolerating gender-based violence, discrimination, bullying, harassment, or exploitation.

4. Understanding and addressing intersectional inequalities.

5. Fostering collective understanding that individuals have the right to determine their own gender identity, and tackling the specific issues faced by trans and non-binary people because of their identity.

6. Examining gendered occupational segregation, and elevating the status, voice and career opportunities of any identified under-valued and at-risk groups.

7. Mitigating the gendered impact of caring responsibilities and career breaks and supporting flexibility and the maintenance of a healthy ‘whole life balance’.

8. Mitigating the gendered impact of short-term and casual contracts for staff seeking sustainable careers.


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Athena Swan Seminar Series

Academic year 2021/22

Term 1

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 1-3pm, Oculus OC1.05.

This seminar will cover the Athena Swan transformation, gender equality during the pandemic, and presentation of the Excellence in ED&I Award.

Term 2

Monday 14 February 2022, 1 - 3pm, venue TBC.

Two Bronze award holding departments (School for Cross-Faculty Studies and another TBA) will discuss how they approach Athena.

Booking form coming soon.

Term 3

Thursday 10 March 2022, 12.30 - 2.30pm, venue TBC.

Two Silver award holding departments (WBS and WMS) will discuss how they approach Athena.

Booking form coming soon