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Athena SWAN Support


Athena SWAN evolved from the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) advancing representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in HE. In May 2015 it was widened to include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL), plus cover professional/support staff. Levels of the award are Bronze; Silver; and Gold.

University School level awards:

Athena SWAN Bronze = 9 Schools

Athena SWAN Silver = 3 Schools

University Self Assessment Team and Dept/School Conveners:

School/UnitAS ConvenersStatus/Role
University Award Prof Ruth Woodfield (Assistant VP for Diversity) Bronze: 7 May 2018
Students’ Association (student rep) Flora Smith Director of Wellbeing (Equality)
Art History

Dr Marika Knowles

Biology Prof Sascha K. Hooker Silver: 7 May 2018
Chemistry Dr Tanja van Mourik Bronze: Apr 2017

Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Bronze: 7 May 2019
Computer Science

Prof Stephen Linton

Bronze: Sep 2017

Dr TJ Lang 

Economics & Finance

Dr Tugce Cuhadaroglu


Dr Lorna Burns


Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dr Claire Cousins   

Bronze: 25 Apr 2016

Geography & Sustainable Development

Dr Urska Demsar  Submission


Dr Kate Ferris (E&D Officer)

Bronze: 25 Oct 2018

International Relations

Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli Bronze: 7 May 2019


Dr Anna Brown

Bronze: Sep 2017
Maths & Stats Prof Clare Parnell Bronze: 25 Oct 2018
Medicine Dr Jane Illes  Bronze: 28 Apr 2017
Modern Languages Dr Claudia Rossignoli Submission

Philosophy, Social Anthropology & Film

Prof Mark Harris & Dr Derek Ball

Physics & Astronomy

Dr Lucy Hadfield

Silver: 28 Apr 2017

Juno Champion: Jan 2017

Psychology & Neuroscience

Dr Gillian Brown

Silver7 May 2018

Public Engagement 

Dr Mhairi Stewart


CAPOD Dr Diane Munday Staff Developer (Research Staff)

Jos Finer



Dr Jennifer Awang

Planning Officer (for AS/ED&I staff/student data)


Mairi Stewart

Director of HR


Sukhi Bains

Head of E&D


Lenna Cumberbatch 

E&D Awards Adviser

ED&I Dr Karen McGregor 

E&D Awards Adviser


James Law

ED&I Assistant 

Internal/External online resources:

Attaining Athena SWAN downloads for submissions:

  1. Athena SWAN handbook May 2015 (PDF, 445 KB)
  2. ECU-AS-SAT-Guidance-2017 (PDF, 217 KB)
  3. Athena SWAN Guide to processes 2015 (PDF, 219 KB)
  4. Dept School Athena SWAN Application (Word, 206 KB)
  5. Steps for submissions (PDF, 357 KB)
  6. Good Dept Practice: April 2013 round (Word, 32 KB)
  7. General Top Tips (PDF, 239 KB)
  8. Use of Surveys (PDF, 320 KB)
  9. Gender Outcomes through Workload Management Report 2013 (PDF, 357 KB)
  10. Workload Models for Athena SWAN Aug 2013 St Andrews (PDF, 494 KB)
  11. Workload Models HoS Presentation Jun 2014 St Andrews (PDF, 500 KB)
  12. Silver and Gold tips YouTube Video - Feb 2016 (with subtitles)



Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096