The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. 

There are currently 134 Athena SWAN members holding 536 awards. 

The University of York was the first Yorkshire university to win the Athena Swan bronze award in recognition of its success in providing positive support for women scientists during their careers.

The Departments of Chemistry and Biology hold a gold award. Chemistry was the first academic department in the UK to win an award at this highest level.

The University currently holds thirteen separate awards from Athena SWAN:

More information on Athena SWAN

  • Athena SWAN charter 
    The charter recognises, celebrates and disseminates excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education.
  • Current submissions 
    The University of York's Athena SWAN submissions and supporting documents.
  • Benefits 
    The Athena SWAN program helps to identify best practice for the working environment of all staff, not just for women, working science disciplines.