The Athena SWAN Charter recognises the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
The Athena SWAN Charter covers women, men where appropriate and trans staff and students in:
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
- professional and support staff
In relation to:
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
- working environment for all staff
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.
In addition to the Bronze award for the whole University, we currently hold the following Athena SWAN awards:
Gold awards for the:
Silver awards for the:
Bronze awards for the:
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The University is committed to the ten Athena SWAN Charter principles.
The Athena SWAN program helps to identify best practice for the working environment of all staff, not just for women, working in higher education.