Athena SWAN

  • News and Events

    Check out this report produced by the ECU

    Download the report: Advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine: evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the Athena SWAN Charter 

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    Helen Shallow a PhD Student from the School of Health Nursing & Midwifery won the first 3 minute Thesis Competition to be held at University of the West of Scotland. View Helen's presentation

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    EQUATE Scotland workshop: Coaching for Success
    A subsidised career coaching programme currently open to women working in engineering or advanced manufacturing. More..

  • Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

    University of the West of Scotland have set up an Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team; this group includes representation from across the University and was constituted to prepare for the Bronze Award application and associated action plan.

  • Athena Swan - University of the West of Scotland
  • University of the West of Scotland has achieved Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation.

    View the video of UWS students talking about Athena SWAN.

  • Athena SWAN

    The Athena SWAN Charter (launched in 2005) evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology and recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Network membership is open to any University or Research Institute that is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in these areas.


  • Athena SWAN Principles

    There are six principles which represent the cornerstone of Athena SWAN; to join the Charter, vice-chancellors or principals must indicate that their institution will take action to address these areas:

    • Athena SWAN Six Principles
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      • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation.
      • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation.
      • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine.
      • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address.
      • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises.
      • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.
  • Athena SWAN Submission

    The final document and adjoining action plan (see oppositie) was submitted for institutional Bronze in November 2015.