The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
The Charter now has 81 member institutions and there have been over 100 awards made at bronze, silver and gold levels.
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 Department of Chemistry holds a gold award and was the first academic department in the UK to win an award at this highest level.
The Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology have all won Athena Swan silver awards, which recognise their achievement in having action plans and demonstrating progress on gender equality in science, engineering and technology. In addition, the Departments of Computer Science and Electronics have been awarded Bronze Awards during 2012.
The University currently holds seven separate awards from Athena SWAN: