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, Biology and Psychology 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 23 Departmental Athena Swan awards:
Gold awards for the:
Silver awards for the:
- Centre for Health Economics
- Hull York Medical School
- Physics - part of the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
Bronze awards for the:
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Economics and Related Studies
- Department of Education
- Engineering - part of the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
- Department of English and Related Literature
- Department of Environment and Geography
- Department of Health Sciences
- Department of History
- Department of Language and Linguistic Science
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Politics
- Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
- Social Policy and Social Work - part of the School for Business and Society
- Management - part of the School for Business and Society
- York Law School
Athena Swan charter
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.