Athena SWAN at the University of Oxford

The Athena SWAN Charter supports good employment practices for women in higher education.

Going through the Athena SWAN application process gives universities and departments the space to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

Athena SWAN and Gender Advisory Group

The Advisory Group on Athena SWAN and Gender, which met for the first time in November 2012, brings together the work of three former advisory bodies: the Athena SWAN University Committee; the Gender Equality Scheme Steering Group; and the Gender Panel of the Education Committee. The merged group brings together expertise from across the collegiate University on all aspects of gender equality work at Oxford in relation to both students and staff, in order to give this work greater focus and consistency. It is Chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Personnel and Equality and reports to the Equality and Diversity (E&D) Panel.

Read papers and minutes from past Advisory Group meetings here.

Departmental activity at the University of Oxford

We are very proud that all of our departments in MPLS and MSD have achieved Athena SWAN awards.

You can read the successful applications here and find out more about their ongoing plans from the above links to divisional websites.

To find out more about Athena SWAN activity in your Division contact:

Athena SWAN has previously only been open to departments in science and medicine, but from November 2015 all departments will be able to apply.

Athena SWAN institutional award

The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award, which we renewed in November 2013. In preparation of the application, we consulted extensively with stakeholders across the University.

Read the final application here.

Read more about the consultation process and outcomes here.