Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Athena SWAN

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM).

With the support of Equality Challenge Unit (now part of Advance HE) and the UKRC, the Charter was officially launched at the Institute of Physics on 22 June 2005, with the first awards conferred in 2006.

In May 2015 the scope of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines, 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.

University of Edinburgh Awards

AS Institutional Silver Award 2018
AS Institutional Silver Award Ceremony 2018

Edinburgh won its first University Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in 2006, successfully renewed in 2009 and 2012. We successfully achieved Institutional Silver in 2015, (first in Scotland) and successfully renewed in 2018. 

The University has continued to strengthen its commitment to gender, with all eligible Schools achieving an award, totalling 24, including its Institutional Silver.

The following chart shows the University of Edinburgh awards by area and level:

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