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Athena SWAN

About Athena SWAN

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The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education.

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

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to 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

Learn more about the development of the Athena SWAN Charter.

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Application for Athena SWAN Award

Cardiff University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award,  Cardiff School of Biosciences was awarded Athena SWAN Bronze award in April 2013 (valid until April 2016).  Please see related resources for a copy of our application (case studies have been anonymised).

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

The School recognises that the make-up of the self-assessment team is critical to the evaluation and application process and seeks to demonstrate high-level commitment and involvement from staff at all levels of the organisation, whilst recognising that Athena SWAN should be driven by the academic community.

The team includes men and women with personal experience of balancing home/caring responsibilities; experience of flexible working/career breaks; recent experience of recruitment and promotion processes; at different career stages; with various management responsibilities and with experience of similar exercises.

Overall, the self-assessment team has been created with the intention of honest and open reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of the School in relation to gender equality and to identify appropriate and realistic actions to improve conditions at the School.

Full details of the team can be found on page 4 of our application.

Main contact for Athena SWAN queries: Karen Fitzgibbon


Telephone: 029 2087 5878

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