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Athena SWAN

Kingston University is proud to hold the Athena SWAN bronze award for our ongoing commitment to advancing women's academic careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good employment practices for women working in the sciences in higher education and research.

Presented to Kingston University in May 2014, the bronze award is given to universities that:

  • demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future;
  • use qualitative and quantitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities; and
  • have a plan that builds on this assessment, and lessons from any activities already in place.

The application procedure was overseen by Dr Peter Barrington, head of the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering. The process was sponsored by Professor Edith Smith, dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, and supported by a number of representatives across the University.

"This Athena SWAN bronze award shows that Kingston University has a solid foundation in policies, practices, systems and arrangements for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This is the first step in a long journey and it proves we are heading in the right direction. I would like to thank all the members of the self-assessment team for their work in putting the application together and for the strong support from the equality, diversity and inclusion unit."
Dr Peter Barrington, head of the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

Moving forward

Kingston University is delivering an action plan to ensure gender equality, part of which is to submit two of its schools for an Athena SWAN award by 2016.

"The contribution of female academics to SET subjects is absolutely essential to our success. That is why I am delighted that the action plan developed by our Athena SWAN self-assessment team is helping to ensure we have the right infrastructure, knowledge and support to ensure our staff can contribute effectively in what is becoming a very dynamic higher education environment."
Julius Weinburg, Vice-Chancellor

Application form

Download the Kingston University Athena SWAN application form (PDF).

Feedback and queries

The University welcomes and encourages feedback about our work on Athena SWAN. If you would like to provide feedback or have any other query about this, please email AthenaSWAN@kingston.ac.uk.

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