Our gender equality charter marks are changing
ECU's Athena SWAN charter and our gender equality charter mark are merging. Take part in our consultation.
ECU’s Athena SWAN charter will be expanding next year to include arts, humanities, social science, business and law departments alongside the current science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine disciplines.
This exciting development follows a successful gender equality charter mark trial, which ran between October 2013 and September 2014 and resulted in five higher education institutions and 17 departments receiving awards.
The gender equality charter mark also explored equality for men and trans staff as well as women, professional and support staff, honorary staff and atypical staff. Athena SWAN will be extended to cover these areas.
We are currently developing and aligning processes to ensure the expansion is effective and meets the needs of current Athena SWAN members, the institutions that took part in the gender equality charter mark trial, and future charter mark applicants. A consultation is now open to gather your opinions on the changes.
The deadline for responses is: Monday 8 December 2014.
We are also in the process of consulting with a number of key stakeholders, including ECU funders, the royal societies and BIS on the future shape and direction of our charter marks.
We are currently running a trial of our race equality charter mark. We will be further reviewing Athena SWAN and gender equality charter mark materials and processes when the race trial concludes in July 2015.