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Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter

Recongising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

ECU'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.

Athena Swan bronze awardThe School is fully committed to the Charter and was awarded a Bronze award in March 2012.

Details of the Charter, the different types of awards, latest news, lists of award holders and good practice can be found on the Athena SWAN website.


Margaret Chan10 March 2015 - Women in Science Lecture: From crisis to sustainable health: lessons from the Ebola outbreak
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General World Health Organization.
Listen to the lecture.


Charlotte Watts19 June 2014 - On the Sofa - the Path to Professor
Joy Lawn interviews four academic leaders, including Helen Weiss and Charlotte Watts, to find out what lies behind a successful career. Watch the video


Sally Davies19 March 2014 - Women in Science inaugural lecture 
Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. Listen to the lecture,
Podcast: an interview with Dame Sally Davies

Perspectives from women scientists

"Although balancing the demands of being the parent of a young child with those of maintaining a career is challenging, there are several important aspects of life at LSHTM that have been essential in allowing me to do this. In particular, being entrusted with the flexibility to arrange my working hours to meet the needs of childcare [...] I feel very fortunate to have a number of colleagues who are at similar stages in their career with young children, and have found this support network invaluable for discussing and sharing ideas on how to manage work-life balance." Senior lecturer

"I have been very fortunate to benefit from one of the schemes introduced as part of our Faculty's commitment to Athena SWAN - a Career Re-Entry Fellowship for staff who have recently had a break due to caring responsibilities [...] I am confident that such support, along with the availability of flexible working means that I can manage a successful academic career and a happy home life." Lecturer

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