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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.

For further information on the School’s Athena Swan work

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 at Imperial Week 2024

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Women at Imperial Week 2024 will be taking place from 4 – 8 March. This is an annual opportunity to shine a light both on the many achievements of women working and studying at the College and on the remaining challenges in achieving gender equality.

The Business School has an exciting programme of events planned, including training workshops, panel discussions, and talks:

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:

Anique Varleigh

Anique Varleigh

"Be the best version of you’. It may be an overused quote but whether you are student or staff you must always be your authentic self no matter the situation, no matter the start you had in life."
Claudia Custodio

Dr Claudia Custodio

"Being a woman in finance you might lack a role model to look up to. If that’s the case, just aspire to be the role model you would like to have had. Do your part to change this reality."
Ceri Willmott

Ceri Willmott

"Work at being the best version of yourself that you can be – learn from your mistakes and be kind to yourself and others."
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Professional Interest Networks

Professional Interest Networks provide a forum for alumni and professionals working in, or with a particular interest in, a specific sector to share ideas, challenges and experiences with one another.
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Women in Business – Blogs from our Community

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Forté Foundation

Imperial College Business School is a proud partner of Forté and offer a range of exciting opportunities to support talented women who are considering studying an MBA programme.
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