Equality and Diversity

Athena SWAN

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

Athena SWAN Institutional Silver Award Ceremony
Athena SWAN Institutional Silver Award Ceremony

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.

Athena SWAN Gold
Athena SWAN Silver
Athena SWAN Bronze

University of Edinburgh Awards

  • A University-wide Silver Award (first in Scotland)
  • A Gold Award for School of Chemistry
  • Silver Awards for the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Informatics, School of Physics and Astronomy, and Roslin Institute, and the Royal (Dick ) School of Veterinary Studies. The Schools of Molecular, Genetic and Public Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences jointly submitted and were successfully awarded Silver.
  • Bronze Awards for: the Schools of GeoSciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Psychology, Architecture, Divinity, and the Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, History, Classics & Archaeology, and the School of Economics.

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)

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.

Our Submissions

University Silver Submission 2015 (PDF)

School of Economics Bronze 2016 (PDF)

School of History, Classics & Archaeology Bronze 2016 (PDF)

Schools of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and Clinical Sciences, Joint Silver 2016

R(D)SVS Silver 2016 (PDF)

Roslin Institute Silver 2014 (PDF)

School of Biomedical Sciences Silver renewal 2014 (PDF)

School of Physics and Astronomy Silver (2014)

School of Divinity Bronze 2014 (PDF)

Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences Bronze 2014 (PDF)

School of Informatics SIlver 2015 (PDF)

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Archtiecture (ESALA) Bronze 2013

Psychology Bronze, 2013 (PDF)

School of GeoSciences Bronze 2013 (PDF)

School of Engineering Bronze 2013 (PDF)

School of Mathematics Bronze 2013 (PDF)

School of Health in Social Science Bronze 2013 (PDF)

University Bronze Renewal and Action Plan 2012 (PDF)

School of Chemistry Gold 2012 (PDF)

School of Chemistry Action Plan 2012 (PDF)

School of Biological Sciences Silver 2012 (PDF)

R(D)SVS Bronze 2012 (PDF)

Roslin Institute Bronze 2012 (PDF)

Roslin Institute Action Plan (PDF)

University Bronze renewal 2009 (PDF)

University Action Plan 2009 (PDF)

Our commitment

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 Charter

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.

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