Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM in higher education. The first step to gaining an award is to join the Charter (see Membership). This makes higher education institutions (HEIs) eligible to apply for their own awards. HEIs must achieve a Bronze award before individual departments can apply for recognition in their own right. The Charter believes that a department must have institutional support and underpinning institutional good practice policies and processes in place in order to achieve and sustain an award. An institution must have achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze award before departments can obtain an individual award.
There are two awards rounds each year – deadlines are currently 17:00 on the last working days in April and November. Awards are valid for three years, by which point they must be renewed.
For a list of current award holders: Current award holders.
For application forms and guidance documents: Guidance and application forms.
For more information about the panels which assess applications for awards: Assessment panels.
For more information, please see the FAQs.