Athena SWAN is a Charter that recognises and acknowledges an institution's commitment to gender equality. When it was first introduced, the charter focused on the equality and progression for female academics and researchers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). However, since 2015, Athena SWAN has been extended to address gender equality issues more widely.
The Charter now covers the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and includes professional and support roles. The extended remit involves support for trans staff and students and consideration of areas demonstrating underachievement and underrepresentation of men. Athena SWAN also recognises that individuals have identities shaped by several different factors and encourages evaluation of the intersection of gender and other factors, wherever possible.