The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

Through its award system, Athena SWAN aims to recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in higher education. Athena SWAN also provides a valuable framework for self-assessment and action planning.

"The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.

1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.

2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.

3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:

  • the relative underrepresentation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
  • the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)

4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.

5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.

6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.

7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.

8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.

9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.

10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible."

The Department is currently working towards submission of a Bronze Application scheduled for November 2017. 

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Athena SWAN SAT Committee Membership
 Professor R Jardine  SAT Chair and Coordinator
 Ms A Williams  SAT Administrator
 Mr R Bell  College Athena SWAN Coordinator
 Professor N Buenfeld  Head of Department
 Mrs L Green  SAT Committee Team Member
 Professor S Grimes  SAT Committee Team Member
 Mr G Hebert  SAT Committee Team Member
 Professor B Izzuddin  SAT Committee Team Member
 Dr S Kontoe  SAT Committee Team Member 
 Dr C Kontoravdi  Advisor
 Dr M Micallef  SAT Committee Team Member
 Professor C O'Sullivan  SAT Committee Team Member
 Dr P Stafford  SAT Committee Team Member
Athena SWAN SAT Committee Civil's

Alexandra Williams, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Athena SWAN Administrator – May 2017