Athena Swan supports and encourages work done to advance the careers of women academics in the STEMM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) arts, humanities, social science, business and law subjects. It also takes into consideration professional and support staff, issues relating to sexuality, and gender equality more broadly, not limited to barriers that affect the progression of women only.
It is a charter which recognises good practice. There are three different levels of attainment, bronze, silver and gold. Warwick Business School was one of the first business schools in the UK to obtain a bronze award (we were awarded the gender equality Charter Mark, which was then amalgamated into the Athena Swan Charter Mark). Currently the University of Warwick holds a silver award.
To achieve an Athena Swan award departments go through a detailed and rigorous process of self-assessment, demonstrating how action has been taken to embed the 10 principles of the Charter in their working practices. These principles emphasise representation, career progression and the working environment.