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Athena SWAN Charter

Athena SWAN is a Charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality. Originally a charter which focused on the progression of women academics and researchers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), the Athena SWAN charter was extended in 2015 to address gender more widely.

The charter includes gender equality work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students and not just barriers to progression that affect women.The charter also recognises that individuals have identities shaped by several different factors and encourages the consideration of the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

What is happening at QMUL

Queen Mary became a signatory to the Athena SWAN charter in 2005 and obtained its first Bronze award in 2008. 

The university received a Silver award from the Athena SWAN charter in April 2017.

The School of Politics and International Relations successfully attained a bronze award for the Gender Equality Mark, which has now become part of the wider Athena SWAN charter. With the expansion of Athena SWAN to the Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Business and Law (AHSSBL), the Diversity and Inclusion Team will be rolling out a programme of support to engage these departments in submitting for awards under the charter.

The university is proud that all STEMM departments hold either a Bronze or Silver Athena SWAN award to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality.

As part of sharing good practice, these applications are listed below.

Institutional Awards

Athena SWAN Silver Award Submission Nov 2016 [PDF 2,211KB] 

QMUL Bronze award renewal submission Nov 2013 [PDF 3,177KB]

Queen Mary Bronze Award renewal submission 2010 [PDF 1,678KB] 

Bronze departmental award

School Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences submission [PDF 570KB]

School of Engineering and Material Sciences submission [PDF 706KB] 

School of Mathematical Sciences [PDF 426KB]

Institute of Dentistry [PDF 1,750KB]

School of Geography

Silver departmental award

School of Medicine [PDF 1,985KB]

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences [PDF 1,148KB]

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds a JUNO Champion award: 

Award application forms

Please click on the link below to find the Award application forms and guidance for schools and institutes: 

Mentoring Scheme for Women

The Diversity and Inclusion team launched the QMUL Women’s Mentoring Scheme for all faculties in March 2017.
For further information about the scheme please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team.

Aurora Leadership programme – Developing women leaders at QMUL

QMUL will be participating in the 2017/2018 intakes of the Aurora Leadership Programme, beginning in October 2017.

Download a presentation about the programme including details of how to apply:
Aurora Leadership programme presentation [DOC 475KB]

Aurora Leadership programme - application forms [DOC 89KB]

Useful information

Athena SWAN website:
Athena Forum (reports, case studies, etc.):
Equality Challenge Unit - Athena SWAN measuring success report:


For further information about the Athena SWAN programme at Queen Mary, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team or email:

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