Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
In 2021 the Charter was transformed, and now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The transformed Athena SWAN Charter:
- helps institutions achieve their gender equality objectives
- assists institutions to meet equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils
- uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants identify areas for positive action as well as recognise and share good practice
- supports the promotion of inclusive working practices that can increase your the retention of valued academics and professional and support staff, demonstrating your an institution’s commitment to an equitable working environment
The University of Oxford is currently a Bronze award holder, and the Athena SWAN work in the Humanities Division reflects institutional aims, but also supports faculties that are applying for an award.
CURRENT ATHENA SWAN APPLICATIONS
The following Humanities faculties are in the process of applying for their first Athena SWAN Bronze award:
- The Faculty of English BRONZE AWARD HOLDER
- The Faculty of History BRONZE AWARD HOLDER
- The Faculty of Music BRONZE AWARD HOLDER
- The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
- The Faculty of Classics
If you have any questions about Athena SWAN, or, as a member of staff or a student in a faculty, you would like to know more and get involved, please contact the Humanities Division's Equality and Diversity Officer, Isabelle Pitt. Need documents? We have a dedicated SharePoint page with advice, guidelines and support.