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The Athena SWAN Charter is a global scheme designed to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.
It is based on a set of principles that institutions use to help focus and structure their gender equality work. These principles were revised in 2020, strengthening the Charter's commitment to positive change, including recognising gender as a spectrum.
Kingston University currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and this year we will submit our application for the Silver Award.
Dr Lucy Jones, Kingston's Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, leads the University's Athena SWAN submissions. She said: "Being able to submit for the Silver Charter demonstrates how far we have come as an institution and our continued commitment to embedding equality within our policies, practice, action plans and culture."
The charter uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants, identify areas for positive action as well as recognising and sharing good practice around inclusive working practices.
Universities can apply for institutional and departmental Athena Swan awards recognising their gender equality achievements. Find out more on the Athena SWAN website. Current staff and students can find out more by visiting our dedicated hub on StaffSpace.
These departments/schools currently hold Bronze Awards.
Raising awareness about achieving gender equality in every aspect of university life aligns with our University's values of being open, accessible and inclusive and these values go hand-in-hand with fostering equality and mutual respect in our daily lives. Furthering the Athena SWAN principles is a significant step towards the United Nations ambitious goal of achieving gender equality by 2030.
Belén Olmos Giupponi, Head of Department, Law
It's been a great experience and really important for us to come together as a faculty to make sure we get change embedded across our teams. We looked specifically at how Athena SWAN works within the art school context, and how it feeds into the broader agenda of race, class, gender identity and disability.
Professor Sara Upstone, Kingston School of Art
Working on the Athena SWAN application was a very positive and illuminating experience. It highlighted where gender equality is represented in our school and where there is still work to be done. We are making progress and creating plans to take us forward. Getting to know colleagues within my school that I did not know before was an added bonus of being on the working group.
Georgia Butler, Lecturer, Psychology
For further information regarding Athena SWAN or to discuss how your department can get involved, please email the University's lead on Athena SWAN submission, Dr Lucy Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org.