Athena SWAN is a Charter to advance women's careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). Its Bronze, Silver and Gold awards celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in those subject areas within higher education and research. In May 2015, the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Diamond first achieved the Bronze Award in October 2016 and has achieved it again in 2020 securing our status for a further five years.
To ensure Diamond progresses its Athena SWAN Action Plan, we have set up team composed of staff members at all levels, including the CEO. This team reports progress made against the Action Plan on a quarterly basis to the Executive Management Team.
The key beliefs underpinning the Athena SWAN Charter are that:
The Athena SWAN scheme is managed by Advance HE, previously the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). Advance HE are a sector agency funded by membership subscriptions.
Diamond's Athena SWAN Bronze Award 2019 application (Download PDF).
Diamond's Athena SWAN Bronze Award 2016 application (Download PDF).
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