ECU's Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) 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.
ECU's Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
- professional and support staff
- trans staff and students
In relation to their:
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
- working environment for all staff
The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.
The University of Nottingham was one of the first institutions to join the Charter and was awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in 2006. The University later achieved an Institutional Silver award in 2012 and the Institutional Silver Renewal in 2017/2018.
The Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment Team, chaired by Professor Sarah Sharples (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) provides leadership and support to the University's gender equality agenda.
The University also holds a number of departmental Athena SWAN awards which recognise the commitment of our Faculties and Schools to progressing gender equality through the development of local action plans.