Gender equality group

The gender equality group meets regularly to support the advancement and promotion of gender equality across the University by supporting Athena SWAN and other gender equality initiatives.

The group reports into the Equality and Diversity Committee three times per year.

For more information please contact: Angie Cousins (

Related project:
Project Juno

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Award recognises and celebrates good practice in advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

There are three levels of Athena SWAN awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, at both University and Department levels. The Athena SWAN scheme is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit and each award is valid for three years.

The University of Surrey achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award in November 2012 and is undergoing a programme of submitting departmental Athena SWAN submissions with the aim of all its STEMM departments to have an award by end of April 2016.

The University Bronze submission is due for renewal in April 2016.

The Department of Electronic Engineering, the Centre for Environmental Strategy, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Biosciences and Medicine were all successful in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2014.

Available support

To support departments in preparing and submitting an application for consideration for an Athena SWAN award, an 'Athena SWAN Departmental Submission Guidelines' document has been produced. Workshops will be offered twice per year to discuss the process and answer any questions departments have in relation to the process.

These workshops will additionally include details of where you can obtain your data, both staff and student, and who to contact if there are any issues.

Although the departments are responsible for managing their submission, support and guidance will be available from the Equality and Diversity Department, 01483 682517,

Useful links

Athena SWAN Departmental Guidance Documentation 

Athena SWAN Action Plan Template 

Where do I get benchmarking data from?

Athena SWAN Bronze Award Data Sources

Equality Challenge Unit Guidance

Athena SWAN Process Flow Diagram

University of Surrey Awards

Equality Challenge Unit