Supporting women in science, engineering and technology, and in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
Edinburgh is one of 132 universities and research institutes which are members of the SWAN Charter. There are 483 award holding universities and departments
The Charter was developed in 2005 and open to any university or research institute which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology mathematics and medicine (STEMM) ) in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Membership of the Charter can help HEIs fulfil their gender duty commitments, work towards sustaining equitable working environments and enable them to identify themselves as employers of choice, not only to their staff, but to students, funders, research councils and industry.
Edinburgh won its first University Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in 2006 and successfully renewed in 2009 and again in 2012, and successfully achieved Silver in 2015.
The School of Chemistry successfully attained Silver in 2006 and subsequently successfully renewed in 2009, following which they achieved Gold in April 2012. (first Gold in Scotland and second in UK)
In 2011, the School of Biomedical Sciences was awarded Athena Swan Silver, and successfully renewed in 2014.
The Roslin Institute was awarded Athena SWAN departmental Bronze in April 2012 and since then successfully achieved Silver in April 2013.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies achieved Bronze in 2012 (first Vet School in the UK to win an AS Award).
These awards recognise achievements in having action plans in place which demonstrate progress made on gender equality, and include actions on how they intend to continue to progress.
School of Physics and Astronomy Silver (2014)
The University is strengthening its commitment to gender equality through extending its aim to increase the proportion of Schools achieving the Athena SWAN Awards.
Further information and details on progress will be posted on this website as they progress.
Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM in academia, and work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. Universities must achieve at least a Bronze award before individual departments can apply for recognition at bronze, silver or gold level in their own right.
The logic behind this is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for a department to sustain the level of e.g. a Silver award without university support and underpinning university good practice policies and processes.
Membership of the Charter also can help universities fulfil their public sector equality, duty, work towards sustaining equitable working environments and identify themselves as employers of choice, not only to their staff, but to students, funders, Research Councils and industry.