Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which recognises advancement of gender equality in terms of representation, progression and success for all.

The Charter, which was established in 2005 initially focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) academia only, and was expanded in April 2015 to all subject areas, for all academic and professional staff, and for trans staff and students.

There are three levels of Athena SWAN awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, at both University and Department levels and each award is valid for three years.

Athena SWAN at the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey achieved a renewal of its Athena SWAN Bronze award in November 2017. There is also an extensive programme of departmental Athena SWAN submissions, of which a number will submit in November 2018 and in subsequent rounds in 2019 and 2020. It is the University’s aim to have all schools and departments applying for an award by the end of 2020.

Our departmental awards

The Department of Computer Science achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2017, as did the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science in April 2016. The Department of Electronic Engineering, the Centre for Environmental Strategy and the School of Health Sciences were all successful in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2014.

The School of Biosciences and Medicine have built on their 2014 Bronze Award by securing the University’s first Athena SWAN Silver Award in November 2017.

Athena SWAN departmental leads team

The University’s Athena SWAN Departmental Leads Team was established in 2012 to develop the University’s bronze submission.

It consists of members of staff from across the University, representing STEMM disciplines and a number of Professional Services areas involved in the Athena SWAN submission process. The team is responsible for the implementation of the University’s action plan and the submission of future departmental and institutional applications.

Available support for departments

To support departments in preparing and submitting an application for consideration for an Athena SWAN award, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team offers their guidance. Please contact us.