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Athena SWAN

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The  Charter was launched in June 2005 to recognise and reward commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education.

It is founded on six principles, including the requirement to change cultures and attitudes within organisations that have resulted in the under-representation of women in science and to tackle gender inequalities.

CSCI Commitment

We have made a firm commitment to support the aims of the charter.

We are a cross School Institute and as such our Clinical School members benefit from Silver Award status in 2013, through the efforts of a steering group led by Fiona Karet.

For Biological School members of the Institute a self assessment panel (SAP) was set up in April 2014 to encourage participation and oversee an Athena SWAN submission in November 2014. The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the Gleeson Building was awarded a Bronze Award in April 2015. The SAP membership has now evolved into an Equality and Diversity Committee and consists of Professor Austin Smith (chair), Jenny Nichols, Thomas Burgold, Dr Joo-Hyeon Lee and  Nikoletta Gkatza.

Related information

Athena SWAN in the Clinical School

Athena SWAN in the School of Biological Sciences

University Athena SWAN information
The University of Cambridge is a founder member of the Charter and has a Silver Award.
Read the article by Vivien Hodges.

Women in Science Research Network (WISRNet)