Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Athena SWAN awards celebrate good practice in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in higher education institutions, and their individual departments. The University of Oxford has a Bronze University award. In September 2013, the NPEU received a Silver Departmental Award.

The NPEU is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research environment with an inclusive and supportive atmosphere for all staff and students that exemplifies the overarching principles of the Athena SWAN charter. For information about some of the well-established practices which aim to support staff, please see Working in the NPEU.

Athena SWAN activities in the NPEU are led by the self-assessment team. The team was formed in November 2012 and the current members are listed alphabetically below:

In addition, there are working groups on Career Progression (chaired by Jane Henderson) and Flexible Working (chaired by Rachel Rowe).

Progress on activities related to Athena SWAN is communicated to Unit members through regular updates at Unit meetings and via email communication. Unit members are encouraged to be involved in the process, for example, by volunteering to be a member of the self-assessment team or one of the working groups, by participating in the staff surveys and by providing suggestions and feedback at any time. If you would like to find out more or discuss new ideas, please contact Maria Quigley or one of the team members listed above.