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Athena SWAN good practice initiatives resource bank

Published: 18/10/2017

An online resource of good practice throughout the sector to help institutions to continue promoting and progressing gender equality.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises and encourages initiatives and practices that address gender equality and barriers to progression of women and men across UK higher education institutions.

Since 2006, the charter has presented 1,039 awards to subscribing institutions, all of whom have demonstrated a dedication to facilitating progress towards gender equality.

In 2016, with funding from the Wellcome Trust, ECU’s research team analysed sixty-two successful departmental Athena SWAN submissions from medical and related disciplines (2007-2014) to identify good practice initiatives that had positive outcomes for gender equality at departmental level.

ECU recognises the importance of sharing these good practice examples with the wider sector, and has created an online digital resource bank showcasing these examples across a broad range of themes including recruitment, career development and culture.

ECU is delighted to share these initiatives with our subscriber institutions with the hope that institutions will use this resource to find and identify initiatives that they could transfer to their own context. A few examples of these initiatives are outlined below.

More initiatives are available in the digital resources bank.

We hope this online platform will facilitate the sharing of good practice throughout the sector, contribute to a community of good practice, and facilitate the ability of higher education institutions and research institutes to continue to promote and progress gender equality.