Athena SWAN is a charter scheme seeking to address issues of gender inequality in higher education. It was launched in 2005 with an initial focus on addressing the low numbers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEM). The University first achieved a bronze institutional award in 2008.
In May 2015 Athena SWAN was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, as well as in professional and support roles. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender inequality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The University is encouraging all departments in these fields to seek recognition through the Athena SWAN charter for the work they do to address gender inequality.
The School of Business is committed to equal opportunities for all students and members of staff. For recognition of this commitment to equality we are in the process of making an application to Athena SWAN.