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Apply for an institution or department level award.

Applications for ECU’s Athena SWAN awards are accepted in April and November each year. The next deadline is Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Applicants must inform us of their intention to submit an application two months in advance of each deadline. The deadline for sending intentions to submit for the next round is Friday 30 September 2016. In your email, please state at which level the application will be made (Bronze, Silver or Gold), whether this is a renewal, upgrade or new application, and whether you intend to use the pre-May or post-May 2015 Athena SWAN process. Please also state a contact name and email address that we can use for any communications regarding the application.

Submitting an application

Applications for awards need to be submitted using the relevant ECU Athena SWAN application forms. Further information about how to submit your application for the upcoming round can be found here.

Pre-May 2015 Athena SWAN >
Post-May 2015 Athena SWAN >

To be eligible to apply for a May 2015 Athena SWAN Charter award, the HEI must sign up to the new principles.

Please refer to the May 2015 Athena SWAN Charter awards handbook

The criteria and prerequisites for a Gold HEI application were launched at the Athena SWAN tenth anniversary event in late July 2015. Further materials, including application forms and guidance will be released shortly.

HEI applications

Department applications

Which award are we eligible to apply for?

All institutions joining the Athena SWAN Charter from May 2015, and all arts, humanities, social science, business and law (AHSSBL) departments should apply using the May 2015 criteria and application forms.

Existing members, institution award holders and science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) departments can also apply using the May 2015 criteria and application form if they wish. Alternatively, they are able to use the pre-May 2015 application up to and including the November 2016 submission round.

Members joining after May 2015 Members who joined prior to May 2015
Institution members / AHSSBL departments Institution members (no award) / STEMM departments (no award) Institution award holders / STEMM department award holders
Nov 15/ April 16/ Nov 16 Post May 2015 criteria and application form Post May 2015 criteria and application formorPre-May 2015 criteria and application form Post May 2015 criteria and application formorPre May 2015 criteria: renewalorPre May 2015 criteria: higher level
April 17 Post May 2015 criteria and application form Post May 2015 criteria and application form Post May 2015 criteria and application form

 

Research institutes >

Research institutes should continue to apply using the pre-May 2015 Athena SWAN research institute processes and application forms until such time as these are updated to include the new areas the May 2015 Athena SWAN Charter covers.

Small and specialist institutions and departments >

Small and specialist institutions and departments may find it difficult to meet the requirements of the Athena SWAN Charter. We will be consulting with these institutions further.

Dependent on the outcome of this consultation, adapted application forms and guidance may be released in late 2015. If you wish to begin your application before this, please contact ECU’s Equality charters team for advice.

Irish institutions and departments >

A pilot of ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was launched in Ireland in early 2015. The pre-May 2015 Athena SWAN process has been adapted for the Irish sector. Irish institutions and STEMM departments should continue to use the adapted materials to apply for awards.

Following ongoing review, the remit of Athena SWAN in Ireland may be extended to AHSSBL departments, at which time updated application forms and guidance will be released.

For more information on submitting an application, visit Athena SWAN in Ireland.

Membership Fees >

From 1 January 2016 higher education institutions in England and Northern Ireland will need to subscribe directly to ECU to continue to access our services, resources and advice, and to take part in our equality charters, including Athena SWAN.

An application fee of £500 applies for department level applications. This is in order to cover the cost of administering the charter panels and panellists expenses.

For universities in Scotland and Wales

In Scotland we have continued funding until 2018. In Wales, Universities Wales have agreed to a collective subscription model for Welsh HEIs up to the end of academic year 2016/17. Subsequently, Scottish and Welsh HEIs will not have to subscribe to ECU’s services, but a fee remains for participation in Athena SWAN.

HEIs with STEMM and AHSSBL departments will continue to pay £3000 a year to be a member of Athena SWAN. Those with only AHSSBL departments will be charged a reduced sum of £2000.

An application fee of £500 applies for department level applications. This is in order to cover the cost of administering the charter panels and panellists expenses.

 

For research institutes

The membership fee for research institutes is £2000. There are no application fees.

For information on the changes to ECU's Equality Charters, please visit equality charters explained or see if our frequently asked questions can help.