Equality and Diversity

Athena SWAN

Supporting women in science, engineering and technology.

Edinburgh is one of 100 universities and research institutes which are members of the SWAN Charter. There are 253 award holding universities and departments

The Charter is 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.

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 Bronze Award
  • A Gold Award for School of Chemistry
  • Silver Awards for the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Informatics, and Roslin Institute
  • Bronze Awards the Royal (Dick ) School of Veterinary Studies, School of GeoSciences, School of Engineering, School of Mathematics, School of Health, Psychology, Architecture. The Schools of Molecular, Genetic and Public Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences jointly submitted and were successfully awarded Bronze.

Edinburgh won its first University Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in 2006 and successfully renewed in 2009 and again in 2012.

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.

The Roslin Institute achieved Athena SWAN departmental Bronze in April 2012 and since then successfulyy achived Silver in April 2013.

In November 2012, announced April 2013, the Schools of Biolgical Sciences and Informatics achieved Silver. The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (first Vet School in the UK to win an AS Award), and the Schools of Engineering, GeoSciences and Mathematics all achieved Bronze.

In November 13, announced April 14, the Schools of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and Clinical Sciences, were successfully awared joint Bronze. Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the School of Health each successfully attained Bronze Awards.

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

Roslin Institute Silver 2014 (PDF)

Schools of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and Clinical Sciences, Joint Bronze, 2103(PDF)

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

School of Informatics Silver 2013 (PDF)

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)

School of Biomedical Sciences Silver 2011 (PDF)

School of Chemsitry Silver renewal 2009 (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 Silver Award for the recruitment and promotion of women in science.

Many other Schools have already made a commitment to attain Athena SWAN Awards within the next two years, and in some areas work is already progressing.

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. 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. Awards are valid for 3 years.

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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