Women in Science Engineering and Technology Athena Swan silver award
The University of Nottingham

The Athena SWAN Charter 

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. 

Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership. 

Read the latest update from Athena SWAN here.




The Charter

The six principles which Charter members are asked to accept and to incorporate into their action plans are:  

  1. To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  2. To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  3. The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  4. The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  5. The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  6. There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.

How to Apply

Information on the application process and guidance documents for all Awards can be found here. 

Current Athena SWAN Applications from other HEIs

All Award holders are encouraged to publish their appilcations on their web pages. A list of all current award holders can be found here.

Successful University of Nottingham submissions

All successful Athena SWAN submissons from the University of Nottingham are accessible on the 'Successes' page.