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School of the Biological Sciences


The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in June 2005 to recognise and reward commitment to advancing the careers of women working in higher education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Although developed to address the lack of female representation in these subjects, the activities that support the Charter will contribute towards a more positive working environment for all. For more information on the history and principles of the Athena SWAN Charter please visit the Athena SWAN website.

The University of Cambridge is a founder member of the Charter and has a Bronze Award (successfully renewed in 2013). Many of the departments and institutes within the School of the Biological Sciences are planning to submit applications for Athena SWAN Awards in 2013 and 2014 at either Bronze or Silver level.

WiSETI Project Officer, Dr Vivien Hodges has written an article which you may find helpful background reading:

The Award submission process

Applying for an Athena SWAN award requires the collation of student and staff data, the analysis of which will identify areas where women are disadvantaged and also highlight existing good practice. The Action Plan makes up a significant part of the Award application and covers current initiatives and aspirations for the next three years.

Sample applications can be viewed on the Athena SWAN website.

You will also find the University's Athena SWAN web pages of use.