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Athena SWAN FAQ

What is Athena Swan?

The 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. Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership. 

Why is Engineering applying?

The Department is committed to the principles of the Charter and wants to achieve an improved gender balance at all levels of academic and research staff.

What does applying for the Award involve?

The application process requires evidence gathering, self assessment and the formulation of a three year action plan. The application form is then assessed and the Department notified if they have been successful.

When is the Department applying?

The Award has two deadlines each year, 30th November and 30th April. The Department submitted its Bronze application in April 2013 which was awarded in September 2013 and is aiming to submit a Silver application in November 2016.

How can I get involved?

Come along to the termly Women in Engineering Forums and/or talk to the Athena SWAN champion for your Division.

How can I find out more?

You can contact us on wi-eng@eng.cam.ac.uk the Women in Engineering email address.

See the Equality Challenge Unit's website for further information about the Athena SWAN Charter.

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