What is Athena Swan?
The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
What it means at Imperial College Business School
At Imperial College Business School, we aspire to provide a working environment that empowers all staff to reach their full potential. Gender equity has been a key pillar of the School’s strategy since 2014 and Imperial College Business School was one of the first business schools to receive an Athena Swan bronze-level award in 2016. This was renewed in 2022.
Key Business School initiatives:
- Member of the Forté Fellows Programme to increase the number of women enrolling in MBA programmes.
- A compulsory ‘Working in Diverse Organisations’ module for all students.
- Provision of over £1m in scholarship funding to talented female applicants.
- Aim for all committees and advisory boards to comprise at least 30% gender representation.
Women in Business – Our Staff
Women at Imperial portraits is an initiative to help showcase female role models for our students, as well as recognise the many contributions that women make in College. Below are some of the Business School staff who have been recognised: