ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The University has been a member of the Athena Swan Charter since 2012 and has committed to adopting the following principles in our policies, practices, action plans and culture:
1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:
The University achieved an Athena Swan Bronze Award in April 2014. The Athena Swan application and action plan
The University has an Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT). Chaired by Louise Bright, Deputy Director of Research & Business Engagement, the SAT has representatives from relevant faculties and departments and meets regularly to oversee implementation of the Athena Swan Action Plan and coordinate the University’s Athena Swan Bronze Renewal Award.
For more information about the University’s Athena Swan work, contact Louise Bright, Deputy Director of Research & Business Engagement