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Athena SWAN resources

Guidance, templates and good practice examples to support your Athena SWAN charter award submission.



Research institutes:


Guide to processes

Please note: a limit of 1000 words applies to all objections, appeals and requests for the withdrawal of awards, and no appendices will be accepted.

Membership letter templates

Action plan template

You will find a template for an action plan in the Athena SWAN Charter awards handbook, May 2015.

Data and Statistics

Please refer to our Using Data and Evidence page for our annual statistics reports. This data can be used for benchmarking in awards applications.  Please also refer to our benchmarking FAQ.  We also have guidance on working with data including guidance and tools to help you gather and analyse equality data, and deal with small numbers.

Data Protection

Please refer to our FAQ on Data Protection for Charter Applicants regarding on the changes to data collection under the General Data Protection Regulation.

We also have a guide to publishing submissions externally or on your staff intranet.

Gender Equality Guidance

Self-assessment team (SAT) guidance

Becoming a Panellist guidance

Application forms

HEI application forms

Department applications

Small and specialist institutions and departments

The Athena SWAN team have developed a new Athena SWAN application form for small and specialist institutions, in consultation with the small and specialist institutions network. The form was specifically developed in response to feedback regarding difficulties these institutions might have completing the HEI institutional application form.

The new application form should be completed in accordance with the expanded charter principles. Guidance on completing the application form will be forthcoming, and in the meantime, useful information can be found in the May 2015 Athena SWAN Charter awards handbook and the expanded research institutes handbook.

Writing guidance

Please see our writing tips page and our applications guidance FAQs for information including intersectionality and benchmarking.  Please also see our providing support: trans people page for the latest Advance HE guidance in this area.

Logos reflecting the post-May 2015 Athena SWAN Charter

When you are successful in achieving an award using the post-May 2015 processes, we will send you an updated Athena SWAN Charter award logo to use.

The Athena SWAN Charter has been built upon activity that concentrated on academic women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). The revised logos retain a clear link to the charter’s history.

They will help you to demonstrate that you have been successful in achieving an award that demonstrates your commitment and work in advancing gender equality across all academic disciplines, for your professional and support staff and your trans staff and students.

For institutions or departments that do not wish to change their branding yet,  the pre-May 2015 Athena SWAN logo can be used until April 2020. Institutions or departments holding awards made using the May 2015 process will be sent both the revised, and the pre-May 2015 logos to use at their discretion.