Athena Swan

Oxford Brookes University has engaged with the Athena Swan Charter since 2009 achieving a first Bronze award in 2013.

In 2016, the University became one of the first five UK universities to achieve an institutional award under the new Athena Swan Charter.

Our current Bronze award recognises the University’s work to advance gender equality, representation and progression across all disciplines and roles.

“At Oxford Brookes women hold 65.8% of senior academic positions, and 48.8% of our professors are female, compared to a sector average of 29.7%. (2023 figures)”

“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

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About the Athena Swan Charter

Our University Athena Swan Gender Equality Action Plan provides the framework for our gender equality priorities in support of our EDI Strategy and our University Strategy. 

The plan forms the institutional Gender Equality Plan (GEP) to address the European Commission mandatory requirements and recommended thematic content, along with the requirements of the Athena Swan Charter.  

Our Athena Swan Gender Equality work is overseen by the University Athena Swan Steering Group reporting to the Vice-Chancellor’s Group via the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. 

All University faculties are actively engaged with the Athena Swan Charter. 

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences achieved a departmental Athena Swan Silver Award in 2015 which was renewed in April 2018.

The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences hold Bronze awards. 

The Oxford Brookes Business School is undertaking self-assessment to submit for a Bronze award.

Further information on the Athena Swan Charter is available on the Advance HE Athena Swan website.

Key Athena Swan contacts at Oxford Brookes

Jane Butcher: