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Athena Swan

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter was developed in conjunction with the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to advance the representation of women in STEMM disciplines in higher education and research. The Charter was launched in June 2005, it recognises and celebrates good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEM. As of May 2015, the Charter extended beyond STEMM to cover arts, humanities, and social sciences. CEDAR is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Institutions and Departments are encouraged to apply for an award. Submissions are made in November and April, and awards are given for 3 years.

What are we doing?

CEDAR was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award following its submission in April 2016. Bronze awards recognise that an institution/department has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and for developing an inclusive culture, which values all staff.

Following on from our submission we are now providing breastfeeding, milk expression and baby changing facilities and over the summer vacation offered a small number of short internships to Warwick undergraduates.

CEDAR's application for a Bronze Award (PDF Document) in April 2016.


Details about the Charter are described on the University’s Athena SWAN page.

The University holds a Silver Award and is actively encouraging all Schools and Departments to apply for departmental awards.