Athena SWAN

  • Oxford Brookes gained an Athena SWAN Award in 2016 in recognition of the University’s work to advance gender equality, representation and progression across all disciplines.

    Oxford Brookes became one of the first five universities to achieve an institutional award under the new Athena SWAN Charter.

    In 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter and Gender Equality Charter Marks merged, and the charter was expanded beyond STEMM subjects to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

    The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter was originally 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. Oxford Brookes held a Bronze Athena SWAN award under the original charter from 2013.

    This University-wide accolade follows success of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in 2015 in achieving a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award.

    A dedicated team at Oxford Brookes, led by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships, Professor Linda King, is now taking forward an ambitious Action Plan.

    “Oxford Brookes takes its role in ensuring gender equality very seriously and seeks to foster an environment in which everyone can thrive.”  Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships

    Information on Athena Swan is available on the ECU website.

    Key Athena SWAN contacts at Oxford Brookes:

    See the following webpage for useful links and an interesting media page.

    • University Athena SWAN Award – Professor Linda King
    • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Silver Award – Professor Susan Brooks
    • Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment – Dr Larry Lynch
    • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Michelle Montgomery. Contact: Sarah Matthews or Jane Stevens Crawshaw

    Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN

    https://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/

    Oxford Brookes Academic Development Framework

    https://www.brookes.ac.uk/ocsld/your-development/career-development/academic-development-framework/

    Technician Commitment

    https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/oxford-brookes-backs-new-technician-commitment/

    http://technicians.org.uk/techniciancommitment/

    HEaTED - professional development and networking for the technical workforce

    HEaTED is the leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce in higher and further education, and related organisations across the UK.

    https://www.stem.org.uk/heated

    Vitae - supporting the professional development of researchers

    https://www.vitae.ac.uk/

    WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering)

    Campaign for gender balance in Science, Engineering and Technology

    https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/

    Daphne Jackson Trust

    Fellowships for scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break

    http://www.daphnejackson.org/

    Working Families

    Work-life balance organisation, to help working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

    https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/