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First research institute gold award for gender equality

Published: 06/10/2017

New Athena SWAN Charter results out today.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) is delighted to announce the UK’s first research institute to achieve an Athena SWAN Gold award.

In the latest review round, John Innes Centre has become a member of an exclusive group of Gold award institutions and departments.

Additionally, the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool have achieved Gold departmental awards, bringing the number of Gold award-holding departments in the UK to ten.

This round has also resulted in a new Silver institutional award: Swansea University, and two new Bronze institutional awards: Royal Veterinary College and the University of East London.

Dr Ruth Gilligan, ECU’s Athena SWAN Manager, said:

‘Taking part in the Athena SWAN Charter is a holistic and developmental process, requiring significant commitment to undertake targeted actions aimed at achieving measurable outcomes to change systemic inequality.

Congratulations to our latest Athena SWAN awards winners who have demonstrated, by achieving the high standard required for an award, good practice and outcomes which are effecting cultural change within their organisations.’

The April 2017 round saw 143 applications with 4 Gold awards, 22 Silver awards and 59 Bronze awards being conferred.  The overall success rate was fifty-nine per cent (59%). Applications for awards are assessed by peer-review panels, and awards are valid for up to four years, after which the applicant must demonstrate progress to renew or upgrade their award.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter is a highly successful international programme, which has grown from ten founding university members in 2005 to 146 UK university and research institute members, recognising institutions’ and departments’ commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education and research.

The full list of winners is available on ECU’s website.  The Athena SWAN Charter team and our research team have also created some new infographics for this awards round. We encourage you to download them now (see right menu) and use them in your institution.