Recipients of prestigious Athena SWAN award announced
ECU have announced the most recent institutions and departments to receive an Athena SWAN award, the charter that recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.
Ninety-seven awards were given out in total, comprising ten awards at institutional level and 87 at departmental level. University College London and the University of Edinburgh were successful in attaining the Athena SWAN Silver award, bringing the total number of institutions with a Silver award to seven.
Seven institutions also received a Bronze award. They were: Bournemouth University, The British Antarctic Survey, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, The University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, and University of Northumbria at Newcastle. The University of York also retained its Bronze award.
Elsewhere, 61 university departments received or retained Bronze awards, 24 departments received or retained their Silver awards, and the Department of Chemistry at the University of York successfully renewed its Gold award.
In total, 139 Athena SWAN applications were submitted, meaning the 97 awards given out yielded a 70% success rate, which is consistent with previous award rounds (Nov 13 -71%, April 14 – 69%, Nov 14 – 73%).
To coincide with the results, Equality Challenge Unit is also announcing the criteria for the new Athena SWAN institutional Gold award. This is the first time a Gold standard has ever been developed for institutions, and will require participating universities to demonstrate how they are beacons of achievement and champions of gender equality. An advanced awarding criteria will include an analysis of the gender profile of the institution’s leadership as well as an assessment of how gender equality features in its curriculum and pedagogy.
Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit said:
Equality Challenge Unit is delighted to recognise the 97 institutions and departments who have succeeded in either earning or retaining an Athena SWAN award. In an ever changing higher education landscape, we realise that participating in the charter is a significant undertaking, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who participated for their demonstrable commitment to tackling gender inequality.
I’d also like to thank those departments who submitted applications but were unsuccessful. As always, the demands of the charter mean that it’s often not possible for everyone to receive an award, but we are grateful to those departments for participating and look forward to working alongside them to encourage resubmitting in future rounds.
We are also tremendously excited to announce the criteria for our institutional Gold award. This award takes the Athena SWAN charter to an exciting new level, and provides us with an opportunity to recognise the exemplars of the sector, and celebrate the achievements of those institutions leading the way in creating diverse and inclusive learning environments.
The Athena SWAN award winners in this round are: