Assessment panels

Panel membership

The Athena SWAN awards are judged by a panel of four individuals with the addition of a Chair, moderator and note taker to ensure the correct process is being followed. In convening assessment panels, Athena SWAN seeks to ensure a breadth of experience and geographical location. Panellists include:

  • Academics
  • Equality and diversity practitioners
  • Human resources practitioners
  • Representatives of learned societies and professional bodies
  • Industry representation
  • Members of the Athena SWAN steering committee
  • ECU staff

The panellists are drawn from a list of existing and experienced panellists and from a call on the Athena SWAN JiscMail for new panellists. Panellists are required to declare any conflict of interest prior to attending the panel.

We are always happy to hear from volunteers who want to participate on the panels. We ask that they have some prior knowledge and experience of the Athena SWAN process, but this need not be exhaustive. If you are interested, please contact the Athena SWAN Officer: athenaswan@ecu.ac.uk

We particularly welcome interest from early career researchers.

Making a judgement

Each panel considers up to eight submissions each day. The panel decision is a judgement based on a threshold. Panellists are given a handbook and assessment guidance and refer to these for clarification of what evidence submissions are required to demonstrate for each level of award. The assessment guidance provides panellists with key things to consider for the awards at the different levels. In addition, each panel is moderated by Athena SWAN staff who, where appropriate, remind the panellists of the criteria of the awards.