Athena SWAN Charter explained ...
The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education. The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any university or research institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in SET in higher education and research can apply for membership.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
The advancement of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) is fundamental to quality of life across the globe;
It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area;
Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.