Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN charter was developed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to recognize and celebrate good employment practices for women working in higher education and research.

About Athena Swan

While Athena SWAN was originally aimed at women’s progression in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), from April 2015 this was expanded to include the work supporting and embedding equality in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL) disciplines as well, and also in professional and support roles. The Charter was also extended to recognize work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, including for trans people.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers gender equality in:

  • Academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • Professional and support staff
  • Trans people

In relation to their:

  • Representation (application and appointment)
  • Progression through academia
  • Journey through career and life milestones
  • Working culture and environment


ECU's Athena SWAN principles form the basis of the charter.


Detailed information on submitting applications to ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter awards under the expanded May 2015 criteria. (PDF 1.82MB)


Apply for an institution or department level award


Guidance, templates and good practice examples to support your Athena SWAN charter award submission.

Facts & Figures

Statistics about submissions and success rates for the award.

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