Advance HE’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 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.
Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (as well as men, trans and non-binary people where appropriate) in the following contexts:
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
- professional and support staff
- trans staff and students
In relation to their:
- progression of students into academia
- journey through career milestones
- working environment for all staff
The University of Oxford is currently a Bronze award holder, and the Athena SWAN work in the Humanities Division reflects institutional aims, but also supports faculties that are applying for an award.
CURRENT ATHENA SWAN APPLICATIONS
The following Humanities faculties are in the process of applying for their first Athena SWAN Bronze award:
- The Faculty of English
- The Faculty of History
- The Faculty of Music
If you have any questions about Athena SWAN, or, as a member of staff or a student in a faculty, you would like to know more and get involved, please contact the Humanities Division's Equality and Diversity Officer, Isabelle Pitt. Need documents? We have a dedicated SharePoint page with advice, guidelines and support.