• Athena SWAN

    As a University, we currently hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award; the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has been awarded a Silver status. The Athena Swan Charter recognises commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

    ECU’s 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 charter was expanded to all disciplines. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. Professional and support roles are now included within the Charter.

    We are committed to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. 

    We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.


    Silver Award holders have:

    • Demonstrated particular challenges and plan activities for the future
    • Taken action in response to previously identified challenges (within or without the Athena SWAN process) and can demonstrate the impact of implemented actions
    • Achieved a significant record of activity in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges across the Faculty
    • Athena SWAN charter principles well embedded within the Faculty and strong leadership in promoting the charter


    For more about Athena SWAN, visit the website.