Through Athena SWAN, NHLI aims to promote equality for all in the workplace by providing support, training and networking events.

What is Athena SWAN?

The NHLI’s Athena programme aims to improve the work environment of all staff and students in the department.  NHLI has proudly held an Athena SWAN Silver award since 2009. The Athena SWAN charter of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to also recognise work undertaken in other subject areas including arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, as well as in professional and support roles.

Athena SWAN, for me, is about raising awareness"

Professor Uta Griesenbach

 Athena SWAN now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, not only focusing on barriers to progression that affect women. Athena now covers women - and where appropriate, also men - in academic roles, professional and support roles, as well as trans staff and students. The charter aims to affect representation of women and men, progression of students into academia, advancement through career milestones, and work environment for all staff. For more information on the charter, please visit the ECU’s Athena SWAN website.

NHLI staff talk about athena SWAN

NHLI staff discuss what Athena has done for them

How do I get involved?

NHLI’s Athena programme is implemented and monitored by Prof Sian Harding, the Institute Lead for Women, and Ms Lindsay Melling, the NHLI Athena Administrative Lead, together with the Athena Self-Assessment Team. Please see the 'Background' pages for more information on NHLI and Athena SWAN.

For any enquiries related to NHLI’s Athena SWAN activities, please contact the Institute Lead for Women or the NHLI Athena SWAN Administrative Lead. Also the Athena Self-Assessment Team are happy to answer any questions related to Athena.

NHLI's work through Athena SWAN is supported by its SAT members

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