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Athena SWAN 2018 statistics

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These figures include all institutions, departments and research institutes who currently hold Athena SWAN awards.  They do not include institutions, departments and research institutes who have held awards in the past but their award has expired.

These figures represent all Bronze level submissions since the inclusion of the Post-May 2015 framework (November 2015).  Athena SWAN awards began in 2005 (with the first awards conferred in 2006).

For the November 2017 round, there were 114 submissions for Bronze awards, with 66 being successful at that level (57.9% success rate).

These figures represent all Silver level submissions since the inclusion of the Post-May 2015 framework (November 2015).

For the November 2017 round, there were 47 submissions for Silver awards, with 20 being successful at that level and 17 being successful at a lower level and receiving a Bronze award (78.7% success rate).  The unsuccessful number includes submissions where the institution, department or research institute met the Bronze criteria, but were offered a year’s grace of their current Silver award.

A year’s grace is offered when an award holder is unsuccessful in renewing their award or obtaining an award at the same level.  This means their current award will remain valid for an additional year following the unsuccessful result.  This grace period extends from the date of the results letter until the assessment round that falls one year after the results communication, or until the end date of their award validity (whichever is later). Applicants can submit a revised application at any time during this period and their award remains valid throughout the grace period and assessment of the revised application.  Only one grace period is offered per award; if the applicant submits a revised application and is again unsuccessful, their award may be removed or lowered.

These figures represent all Gold level submissions that were conferred a Gold award since the inclusion of the Post-May 2015 framework (November 2015).

Due to the small number of Gold submissions in the November 2017 round we are not able to publish disaggregated data and success rates as this will allow applicants to be identified.

The unsuccessful number includes submissions where the institution, department or research institute met the Bronze or Silver criteria, but were offered a year’s grace of their current Gold award.

These figures represent all submissions that were received in the November 2017 round.  The success rate includes all awards that were conferred, whether they were at the level applied or at a lower level (for example, applied at Silver but were conferred a Bronze award).  The success rate does not include those submissions that were granted a year’s grace.

The success rate has increased since the April 2017 round from 59% to 64%.

These features were collated from panellist comments and feedback during the November 2017 round.  They represent a range of areas that are consistently commended by panels and demonstrate ways in which the criteria for an award can be met.  This is not an exhaustive list, and demonstration of these features in a submission will not guarantee an award.  The Athena SWAN peer assessment process means that submissions are assessed holistically and ‘in the round’ against the criteria for each award level.

Resources, writing tips  and answers to frequently asked questions to support your Athena SWAN award submission can be found on our website.

These tips were collated from panellist comments and feedback during the November 2017 round.  They represent a range of presentational issues that frequently enhance the accessibility of an Athena SWAN submission, including for panellists who have visual impairments.

The November 2017 round involved 211 panellists, 146 of whom who self-identified as female (69%) and 65 as male (31%).  The majority of panellists were academics or researchers (56%), followed by HR and Equality & Diversity practitioners (28%).

More information about what is involved in being a panellist can be found here.

You can register your interest in becoming a panellist or sign up to observe a panel  on our website.

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in Ireland in 2015, and is supported by the Higher Education Authority.  The Republic of Ireland use both the original and expanded framework, which correlates to the pre-May and post-May framework respectively for the UK.  They are currently in a transition period where either framework can be used, which runs until November 2020 when all applicants must apply using the expanded framework.

More information about Athena SWAN in Ireland can be found on our website.