What is Athena Swan?
The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The Athena Swan Charter now includes both
- academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL (arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law)
- professional, managerial and support staff roles.
Further information on the Athena Swan Charter can be found here.
Athena Swan awards are available at University and Departmental levels. The Clinical School is proud to say that it holds a silver award. In October 2014 the University of Cambridge joined a select group of only four other universities to be awarded a silver award, which would not have been possible unless a significant number of its constituent institutions, such as the Clinical School, had already achieved this prestigious award. Since then, the Clinical School is proud to have received a renewal of its Silver level Athena Swan award from March 2022 for another five years.