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Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter process recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). By being part of Athena SWAN, we are committed to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award in September 2019. We had previously been awarded a Silver Award in 2016 and a Bronze Award in 2013.

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Athena SWAN Silver Award


Professor Una Macleod


Our aim is to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students, staff and partners – enabling them to develop and progress whatever their aspirations. We are delighted to be recognised by Athena SWAN for our commitment and work in supporting gender equality.

Committed to equality

In May 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for 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. The Dean, on behalf of the Medical School, has pledged our commitment to the expanded Charter to the Equality Charter Unit.

Self-assessment team

The self-assessment team is a committee in place to ensure the Athena SWAN self-assessment process takes place correctly. The team includes at least one representative from each staff group comprising of a mixture of grades and roles representing different stages of the career ladder, and includes student representation.