Athena SWAN

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 we will resubmit for a Bronze Award at the end of 2022.

Dr Ali-Al-Kinani and Dr Ricarda Micallef lead the submission for the institution.

Dr Al-Kinani says, "As a minority ethnic male co-chair of the institutional Athena Swan, I live the principle of equality for all staff and students of all backgrounds and aim to champion intersectionality and gender as a spectrum." Dr Micallef says, "I strive to ensure gender equality for all members of the University community. This will build on the work already completed by multiple departments and schools across the institution."

How does Athena SWAN work?

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.

For further information regarding Athena SWAN or to discuss how your department can get involved, please email the Athena SWAN institutional co-chairs, Dr Ali Al-Kinani ( and Dr Ricarda Micallef (

Schools and departments that hold Bronze Awards

These departments/schools currently hold Bronze Awards.

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

  • The School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment

  • School of Computer Science and Maths
  • School of Engineering and the Environment

Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

  • School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry
  • School of Nursing
  • Centre for Allied Health
  • Department of Social Work and Social Care
  • Department of Midwifery
  • Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Public Engagement

Submitting in 2021 and awaiting results

  • Kingston Business School, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

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

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

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

Georgia Butler, Lecturer, Psychology

Kingston University's Bronze Submission

See our most recent Athena SWAN submission (PDF).