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Athena SWAN

UEL has signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter; a charter managed by the Equality Challenge Unit which aims to support and encourage universities to work towards gender equality

Athena Swan Mentoring
Women technologists

Welcome to Athena SWAN

    UEL has been recognised with an Athena SWAN bronze award for its work supporting gender equality. Athena SWAN is a charter managed by the Equality Challenge Unit which aims to support and encourage universities to work towards gender equality.

    Dr Lisa Mooney, UEL Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), said, "We are extremely proud of this achievement. The institutional award application was the result of a collaborative effort and huge amount of work and dedication from across the institution.

    "The outcome recognises our commitment and achievements to date and, importantly, that we have a robust plan in place to further promote and embed gender equality at UEL."

    The Bronze award recognises UEL's commitment to, and success in, supporting gender equality. The recognition is valid until 2021.

    Athean SWAN evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

    The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.

    Background and Principles

    There are three levels of award that are given via the Athena SWAN Charter. These are awarded at university and departmental or School level (renewable every three years).

    We are proud to have recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award.


    The Bronze award recognises that a university (or department) has a solid foundation and sufficient plans in place to tackle and eliminate any gender bias and to develop an inclusive culture.

    The application for the Bronze award includes:

    • An assessment of where the university is in terms of gender equality, identifying both challenges and opportunities
    • An action plan based on this assessment
    • An organisational structure to carry out/coordinate the action plan


    What we do/are doing

    Who We Are

    Networking, consultation and development events

    Please find below information on Athena SWAN Networking, Consultation and Development Events - both past and those planned for the future:                           (Requires Intranet login)

    Women at UEL - Case Studies

    We have lots of talented individuals here at UEL, both male and female. Below are some case studies provided by a number of women at UEL at different stages of their careers which cover some of the career challenges faced, how they have overcome these and what they would like to share with others. We are looking to add to this list so please contact us if there is an inspirational woman you would like to see featured.

    One Small Step campaign

    One Small Step campaign - towards gender equality at UEL

    Are You Up For the Challenge?

    Can you …

    Take One small step?

    Make one small change?

    UEL needs to change and develop its equality and diversity practice. Bringing about the change is always difficult, but if we start small then maybe we’ll make it. We are committed to this through the corporate plan. If we can get enough people to take a small step then we should be able to measure the impact across the whole institution as the whole is always more than the sum of the parts.

    What STEP could you take?

    • Review images on your web pages to ensure good role models are used
    • Set a target for gender diversity on your programme/module
    • Change the times of meetings to make them more gender friendly
    • Review adverts for E&D gender implications
    • Attend a course on unconscious bias
    • Include E&D actions/target in your PDR
    • Review your teaching materials for gender images
    • Volunteer as a mentor
    • Get yourself a mentor

    Let us know or to find out more - contact us via details below.

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