The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN

"Championing advancement in gender equality"

The College of Engineering was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in October 2019. 

Winning the award acknowledges that the College of Engineering ‘recognises a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff’ according to Athena SWAN guidelines.

This includes:

  • an assessment of gender equality in the college, including quantitative (staff data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and  arrangements) evidence and identifying both challenges and opportunities
  • a four-year plan that builds on this assessment, information on activities that are already in place and what has been learned from these
  • the development of an organisational structure, including a self-assessment team, to carry proposed actions forward.

Head of College, Professor Huw Summers said: “I am delighted to share the wonderful news that the College has been successful in obtaining an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The silver Athena SWAN award is an acknowledgement both of our commitment to advancing gender equality within the College and also a recognition of the positive impact of the ongoing actions we have implemented since we achieved our bronze award in 2016. In obtaining this award we have joined a very small group of Engineering Colleges around the UK that hold a Silver award."

The Equality Challenge Unit established the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in 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.

Click here to find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter in Swansea University.