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Athena Swan

Athena SWAN

The Babraham Institute received a silver Athena SWAN award in April 2015 and joined the 132 Members and 463 Institutions and Departments that hold Athena SWAN awards in the UK. The award recognises the Institute’s existing good practices and our plan to build on these to further progress equal opportunities. The information below provides links to the Institute’s application and action plan plus details on the membership of the Institute’s self-assessment team.

About the Athena SWAN charter
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. The Charter was launched in 2005. Athena SWAN awards recognise good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM. The Charter believes that an organisation must have institutional support and underpinning institutional good practice, policies and procedures in place in order to achieve and sustain an award.

The six core principles of the Athena SWAN Charter are:
  1. To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation.
  2. To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation.
  3. The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine.
  4. The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address.
  5. The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises.
  6. There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.

Institute’s silver award application and action plan
Please note, in order to avoid identifying individuals in sensitive subject areas, a small number of sections in both documents have been altered or removed.

Babraham Institute Athena SWAN silver award application
Babraham Institute Athena SWAN action plan

Contact: Laura Norton, equality4success Manager