The Athena Swan Charter is a framework used across the world to advance gender equality within higher education (HE).
Our most recent Athena Swan Award was in August 2023, when we renewed our Bronze, as one of the first departments to do so under the Transformed Athena Swan Charter. This is designed to address gender and intersectional inequalities inequality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression affecting women. You can download our 2023 Athena Swan submission here:
The submission provides a summary account of our progress in the last five years and our priorities for the next five, including our new action plan.
An essential indicator of the success of Athena Swan is the level of engagement of a broad range of staff and students in equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) initiatives. Truly inclusive cultures can’t be designed. They can only emerge as a result of the input and active participation of all stakeholders.
Head of Department, Politics
"At York, we place equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, from teaching and scholarship to research and impact, to the organisation and administration of all our activities. The Athena Swan bronze award reflects the hard work and commitment of, first and foremost, Professor Monica Brito-Vieira and the EDI Committee, but also our entire staff that have contributed in various ways to this outcome. The Action Plan set out in our Athena Swan submission will set the course for our EDI strategy for the next five years and, as Head of Department, I am committed to ensuring we not only meet but exceed the goals and outcomes set out in this document."
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences