Summary: The Athena SWAN Charter
The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in
Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher
education. The Charter was launched in June 2005.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
· The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) is fundamental to
quality of life across the globe.
· It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally
been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
· Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the
whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the
opportunities it affords.
The University of Southampton is one of 10 founding members of The Royal Society Athena
SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter. This Charter recognises excellence in
science, engineering and technology (SET). We joined the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge,
Heriot-Watt, Imperial College, Loughborough, Oxford, Plymouth, Queen's Belfast and
University College London in previous Athena initiatives prior to the formal launch in 2005
and as founding members.
When the Athena SWAN Charter was launched in June 2005, all UK universities were invited
to become Charter signatories. The University had an association with Athena through it's