Athena SWAN - Our researchers - University of Derby

Athena SWAN

What is the Athena SWAN Charter?

The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter recognises advancement of gender equality in Higher Education institutes. The Charter has ten key principles which encourage advancement of careers of women (and men where appropriate) for:

  • all academic roles
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Why is the University of Derby a member?

Our membership of Athena SWAN is important to us. It helps us to drive forward activities across our University that help us deliver our five core values detailed in the Corporate Plan (including quality, valuing people, customer focus, challenge & innovation, and opportunity & openness), and to secure recognition for this. We want to ensure that all our staff are supported and encouraged, and that we recognise and celebrate their achievements. We want to benefit from the talent of all.

Our academics are at the heart of our research practice. The University is committed to supporting the career development of our STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) researchers and to encourage more females to study STEMM subjects. We run  many initiatives such as our STEMpunk activities, Women in Engineering days in schools and at the University, work with Young Engineers, and support for STEMNET ambassadors.

Athena SWAN at Derby

The University Athena SWAN Steering Committee (chaired by Dr Paula Holt) and College Teams:

  • aim to support change across the University in support of the Charter
  • are working toward gaining Institutional and College Bronze Awards
  • run events that support gender equality
  • lead by example, and encourage adoption of best practice