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.

Latest Athena SWAN Results – 6 October 2017

The ECU has released the results of the April 2017 Athena SWAN round. We have successfully renewed  our Institutional Athena SWAN award at bronze level and we will continue to develop and pursue the action plan submitted as part of this renewal. Further success was achieved at departmental level, with Primary Care securing a silver award whilst Engineering and Anthropology secured bronze awards.

The University of Oxford holds 19 Silver and 11 Bronze departmental level awards and is committed to securing the renewal of existing awards and, following the expansion of Athena SWAN in 2015, supporting the participation of the Social Sciences and Humanities in the Charter. 

Gender Equality Advisory Group

The Gender Equality Advisory Group first met in March 2016, replacing the former Athena SWAN and Gender Advisory Group. The Advisory Group maintains an oversight of and coordinates activity on gender equality across the collegiate University, including work on Athena SWAN. It is Chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Dr Rebecca Surender.

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 was previously only open to departments in science and medicine, but from November 2015 all departments are able to apply.