What is the Athena SWAN Charter?

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework used to support and transform gender equality within Higher Education and Research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment,  the charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

In 2021, the framework was transformed following an independent review and consultation, to become even more flexible, transparent and supportive.


Further information on
Advance HE's Athena SWAN site


Athena SWAN at UEA


We are pleased to be an Athena SWAN Silver Award holder at institutional level. All of our Schools have completed applications for the Charter, with six holding Silver Awards:Athena SWAN silver logo

  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health Sciences


The following Schools also hold Bronze Awards:

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  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy
  • Economics
  • Global Development
  • Norwich Business School
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Law
  • Art, Media and American Studies
  • History
  • Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Education and Lifelong Learning


Copies of these submissions are available on request.

You may also be interested in how we are meeting requirements under the Gender Equality Plan for research funding by the Horizon Europe programme.