Gender Equality and Athena SWAN

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Gender Action Plan

In August 2016, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) published its Gender Action Plan, describing the activities it planned to undertake in collaboration with colleges, universities and other partners to address student gender imbalances.

In line with SFC guidance, the University of Strathclyde published our institutional Gender Action Plan on 11th August 2017. The plan outlines ongoing and planned activities to address subject specific gender imbalances in student populations, spread across five themed areas.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter is run by the Equality Challenge Unit. The Athena SWAN charter and awards given to higher education institutions recognise commitment and progress towards advancing gender equality. 

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.

Strathclyde currently holds a Bronze institutional award, first awarded in 2011 and renewed in 2014.

Eleven departments currently hold awards. Visit the Athena SWAN Updates page for a list of departmental awards. Other departments in the Faculties of Science, Humanities & Social Sciences and Strathclyde Business School are working towards Athena SWAN awards. There are two application rounds each year, in November and April.

Prof. Anja Lowit, Vice-Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, chairs the University Athena SWAN Action Group and helps to promote, embed and celebrate the Athena SWAN Charter across the University. Strathclyde is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter’s principles.


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University of Strathclyde

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