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Athena Swan


Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Established in 2005, it is a charter managed by the British Equality Challenge Unit. Athena SWAN was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research.



The Chemical Sciences department is committed to promoting gender equality and to identifying and addressing gender-related challenges within the department. This includes implementing a four-year action plan to ensure an inclusive culture where all staff and students feel valued, welcome, integrated, and have equal access to opportunities. The CS Athena Swan committee includes a well-rounded group of representatives from all roles and career grades within the department.