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.
All departments at Imperial are on the Athena journey. The majority 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 email Rob Bell, our Athena SWAN Coordinator.
Information on Athena SWAN
What is Athena SWAN?
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.
In May 2015 the Athena SWAN 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.
Athena SWAN provides a valuable framework for self-assessment and action planning. Through its award system, Athena SWAN aims to recognise, promote, and celebrate good practice..
Athena SWAN is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit, which has now part of Advance HE. More information about Athena SWAN can be found on the Equality Challenge Unit website.
College level activity
Imperial is one of a very small number of universities to hold Silver. We were the first university to achieve Silver on the new post-May 2015 expanded criteria.
Rob Bell, the College Athena SWAN Coordinator, is able to provide a copy of the College's most recent submission, and is the best person to contact with any questions.
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.
Faculty of Engineering
Successful applications in the Faculty of Engineering are listed below (dates below refer to Athena SWAN application rounds). Please explore departments' websites to find out more about their work.
Department of Aeronautics, Bronze, November 2014
Department of Bioengineering, Silver, November 2018
Department of Chemical Engineering, Silver, renewed November 2017
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bronze, April 2018
Department of Computing, Bronze, renewed April 2017
Department of Earth Science and Engineering, application planned for 2020
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bronze, November 2017
Department of Materials, Silver, renewed April 2017
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bronze, April 2019
Dyson School of Design Engineering, new department
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Successful applications in the Faculty of Natural Sciences are listed below (dates below refer to Athena SWAN application rounds). Please explore departments' websites to find out more about their work.
Centre for Environmental Policy, Bronze, April 2019
Department of Chemistry, Gold, April 2019
Department of Life Sciences, Bronze, renewed November 2018
Department of Mathematics, Bronze, renewed April 2016
Department of Physics, Silver, renewed November 2018
Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine was the first at Imperial to achieve all its departments holding Athena SWAN awards (dates below refer to Athena SWAN application rounds). Due to the 2019 reorganisation of the Faculty, some departments are in the transition process and are applying to retain previous Silvers using the interim application form. Please explore departments' websites to find out more about their work.
Department for Brain Sciences, applying for Silver in 2020
Department of Immunology and Inflammation, applying for Silver in 2020
Department of Infectious Disease, applying for Silver in 2020
Institute for Clinical Sciences, Silver, April 2017
Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, applying for Silver in 2020
National Heart and Lung Institute, Bronze, November 2018
School of Public Health, Bronze, November 2018
Department of Surgery & Cancer, Silver, November 2018