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Departmental Awards

The University's Social Inclusion Strategy includes an aim to have all departments hold an Athena Swan award. You can find a list of all departments currently holding an award below.

Applying for a departmental Athena Swan award for the first time can be daunting, which is why we have created the Framework for Applications Guidance. You can also find a range of resources on the Advance HE website, including the Athena Swan Charter Handbook, which provides detailed information on submitting applications to the Charter. Departments seeking to renew thier existing award should follow the Advance HE Athena Swan Renewal Process.

When you do make your submission, please ensure you follow the GDPR compliant submission process.


Current Award Holders

There are three levels of Athena Swan award. You can find information on each, and a list of departments currently holding an award at that level, below:

  1. Bronze Award.
  2. Silver Award.
  3. Gold Award.

If you'd like to learn more about departmental Athena Swan awards and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.

Bronze Award

Bronze is a base level award to recognise departments and universities that have in place a full range of policies and procedures to ensure family friendly working and transparent recruitment and promotion procedures. Bronze awards recognise that in addition to institution-wide policies, the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline.

The following departments currently hold a Bronze award (click the link to read their submission):

Silver Award

Silver is an award to recognise that departments are implementing university policies and making progress in addressing challenges specific to their discipline. In addition to the future planning required for Bronze department recognition, Silver department awards recognise that the department has taken action in response to previously identified challenges and can demonstrate the impact of the actions implemented.

The University of Warwick currently holds an Institutional Silver Award.

The following departments currently hold a Silver award (click the link to read their submission):

Gold Award

Gold is an award for significant and sustained progress against plans identified at Silver level.

Warwick does not currently have any departments who have achieved a Gold award level.


Warwick Medical School has the highest proportion of women of all Warwick's faculties (62.3% WMS; 58% Faculty of Arts; 57.8% Faculty of Social Sciences; 34.6% Faculty of Science))

The statistics in the infographic are from our Equality Monitoring Annual Report. If you'd like to know more about why we collect personal and protected characteristic information, have a look at the Equality Monitoring: Why Share Your Personal Information? webpage.

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ED&I Newsletter

Training and Learning

Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force


Gender Initiatives


External links

You can find more information about gender equality in HE from the following sources:

Advance HE - Athena Swan Resources

Advance HE - Getting Started with Athena Swan webinar

Advance HE - REC and Athena Swan Good Practice Initiatives

UK Research Council (UKRC) - Encouraging Women into Science, Engineering and Construction

Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) - data site useful for benchmarking

PLOTINA - a platform of resources that can be used by research performing organisations across Europe to implement their gender equality plans

Athena Swan news

As part of the on-going Athena Swan transformation, Advance HE is consulting on the development of a culture survey to form part of submissions. Kate Seers (Athena Swan SAT Chair) and Matthew Nudds (Research Culture Committee) will be responding to the consultation on behalf of Warwick.

The NIHR have announced they no longer require academic partners to have a silver Athena Swan award, but this change does not alter our commitment to continuing to work to promote gender equality (September 2020)

New Athena Swan Renewal Process Announcement (December 2019)

Silver Athena Swan awards for WMS and Engineering (October 2019)

Law and IER Athena Swan Announcement (June 2019)

Looking ahead to Gender Pay Gap Report (March 2019)

Athena Swan Silver Charter award to 2022 (November 2018)