Athena SWAN Imperial winners
Imperial winners from the Athena SWAN November 2014 submission round
These awards recognise the employment practices that we’ve embedded to support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. We are committed to gender equality at every level in the College and will build on the excellent progress so far to remove the obstacles that women in science face"

Professor James Stirling

Provost

Imperial was a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005 and we achieved a Bronze institutional award in 2009. We successfully submitted for Silver in the November 2012 submission round, becoming one of a very small number of universities at this level. We renewed our Silver in the April 2016 submission round - Imperial was the first university to achieve institutional Silver on the new post-May 2015 expanded criteria.  We are more than happy to share our application and answer questions about it - please email Rob Bell.

All departments at Imperial are expected to eventually hold an Athena SWAN award. A majority of departments hold awards, as detailed below, and the other departments are working on applications. The Business School (Imperial's only AHSSBL department) successfully applied for Bronze in the April 2016 submission round.

If you have any questions about Athena SWAN or require more information about Imperial's submissions, please contact Rob Bell, Imperial's Athena SWAN Coordinator

Information on Athena SWAN

What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN Member logoThe 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.

In May 2015 the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and now includes staff in professional and support roles, as well as trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

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.

For more information about Athena SWAN, please see the Equality Challenge Unit website.

Athena SWAN at Imperial

Institutional Award

Imperial is one of a very small number of universities to hold Silver, and was the first university to achieve Silver on the new post-May 2015 expanded criteria.

Committees

Previously, the Academic Opportunities Committee oversaw the College's progression with Athena SWAN. In 2013 the Committee was restructured into the Academic Gender Strategy Committee (AGSC), and the Athena Committee

The AGSC, chaired by the Provost, champions and oversees the advancement of gender equality at the institutional level, providing senior level support for Athena SWAN activity. 

The Athena Committee is operationally-focused. Its main purpose is to ensure that changes are made to departmental practices and culture so that departments gain, or retain, Athena SWAN awards, increasing the award level where possible. The Committee is chaired by Professor Dot Griffiths, Provost's Envoy for Gender Equality, who acts as the link to the AGSC. 

Engineering Faculty

All departments at Imperial are expected to eventually hold an Athena SWAN award. Successful applications in the Faculty of Engineering are listed below (dates refer to Athena SWAN application rounds), and the other departments are working on applications.

Natural Science Faculty

All departments at Imperial are expected to eventually hold an Athena SWAN award. Successful applications in the Faculty of Natural Sciences are listed below (dates refer to Athena SWAN application rounds), and the other departments are working on applications.

 

Medicine Faculty

The Faculty of Medicine was the first faculty at Imperial to achieve all its departments holding Athena SWAN awards (dates refer to Athena SWAN application rounds).