What does Athena Swan mean to you?

Athena Swan

The first glass ceilings (floors) in the world were designed by HH Richardson to increase daylight between book stacks at the Crane Memorial Library, Quincy, MA, completed in 1881

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education. The Charter was launched in June 2005.

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

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) is fundamental to the quality of life across the globe
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male dominated area
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords

These beliefs are shared by the School of Architecture, and we will be applying for membership of Athena Swan in April 2014. Look out for updates on our progress on the website, in emails and on noticeboards. Our application will be posted here when it is submitted.

If you have any comments, queries or suggestions please email: ArchiAthenaSwan@cf.ac.uk

There is more information about Athena SWAN to be found here: www.athenaswan.org.uk

Athena Swan poster