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Athena SWAN appoints new patrons in run up to 10th anniversary

Published: 17/07/2015

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Athena SWAN, the charter that recognises the advancement of gender equality within higher education, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a drinks reception at Kings College London on Friday 24th July. Equality Challenge Unit has managed the Athena SWAN Charter since 2005, and the scheme has made a positive difference for gender equality in participating institutions and science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine departments.

At the event, Athena SWAN will formally announce the appointments of Professor Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, along with Professor Helen Beebee and Professor Sir Cary Cooper as patrons of the Athena SWAN charter mark. They will join Professor Dame Julia Higgins, who continues in her role as patron.

Earlier this year, Equality Challenge Unit announced that Athena SWAN would be expanding to cover arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in addition to the STEMM subjects it already covers.

Of the appointments, Equality Challenge Unit Chief Executive David Ruebain, said “We are delighted to celebrate the appointment of these outstanding academics, and are very grateful to them for supporting our cause of furthering gender equality within higher education. They are all highly respected in their chosen fields, and we believe their appointments are testament to how seriously our work is being taken by the academic community”.