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Athena SWAN

Athena swan logo The Equality Challenge Unit established the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005 to encourage and recognize commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research. Initially the charter concentrated on STEMM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) but since May 2015 the charter was expanded to cover arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law.

The expanded charter now seeks to address gender equality in a broad sense, rather than simply barriers that affect women, and the Charter has included trans staff and students since 2015. The Charter also now covers staff in professional and support roles.

Athena SWAN operates an awards scheme, which celebrates good practice at institutional and departmental level, recognising commitment to gender equality in recruiting, retaining and promoting staff. The University of Huddersfield was granted an institutional bronze Athena SWAN award in October 2015.  

If you would like more information or to get involved, please contact Professor Angela Lee or Dr Yun Gao

Members of the School Athena SWAN self-assessment panel


Prof Angela Lee

Director of Research and Graduate Studies

Chair, Athena SWAN Panel

Prof Patricia Tzortzopoulos

Head of Architecture

Ms Sharon Baines

Senior Research Administrator

Administrative Lead

Prof Song Wu Professor of IT and Surveying
Dr Carl Meddings Prinicipal Lecturer in Architecture
Dr Yun Gao Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Application for an Athena SWAN Award encourages an institution or department to analyse its own gender imbalances, and form an action plan to aid the recruitment, retention and promotion of female academics. Gender imbalances within the student body are also analysed. The process of reviewing and establishing good working practices around recruitment, induction, staff development, training and flexible working as part of an Athena SWAN submission benefits the whole workforce.

Last updated Thursday 11 February 2016
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