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Athena SWAN 

 

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equalities Challenge Unit 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.

 

Edinburgh Napier University holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, which was awarded in April 2015. You can read or download a copy of the successful submission by clicking on the icon next to this text Athena SWAN submission.pdf. The University also now has two bronze departmental awards and these were awarded to the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and the School of Computing in April 2017.

To find out more about Athena SWAN at the University click here.

 

Why is it important? 

  • Holding an award at university and department/school level is a clear committment to gender equality and part of our work at the University towards the creation of a truly inclusive culture.
  • Research Councils UK have made a statement on the expectation for diversity and equality in Universities, and in the future it is likely that whether or not a particular university is eligible for research funding will depend on it holding an Athena SWAN award. 


What do we need to do next?

The University is currently on a one-year grace period. We submitted a new renewal application in November 2019 and we will hear about the result in March 2020. The table below shows where each School is at in terms of their application:

 

School

Application status

Application result

SoC

Applied November 2016 (bronze)

Awarded bronze  April 2017

SEBE

Applied November2016 (bronze)

Awarded bronze  April 2017

Business School

Working on application

SACI

Working on application

SAS

Working on application

 

SHSC

Working on application

 

Who is involved? 

Name

School/Department

University Role

SAT role

Professor Alistair Sambell

Principal's Office

Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor

University Athena SWAN Champion & Chair of SAT

Dr Matthew Dutton

Business School

Lecturer

School Athena SWAN Champion

Campbell Millar

Human Resources

Head of Capability & Engagement

HR Lead for Athena SWAN

Rhona Bain

Human Resources

HR Partner - Inclusion

Deputy HR Lead for Athena SWAN

Sandrine Flower

Human Resources

HR Project Co-ordinator - Inclusion

HR Support

Dr Clare Taylor

School of Applied Sciences

Senior Lecturer

School Athena SWAN co-Champion

Dr Fiona McQueen

School of Applied Sciences

Lecturer

School Athena SWAN co-Champion

Dr Kirsten MacLeod

School of Arts and Creative Industries

Associate Professor

School Athena SWAN Champion

Fiona Stewart

School of Computing

Lecturer & Programme Leader

School Athena SWAN Champion

Professor Sean Smith

School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Professor and Impact Lead for REF 2021

School Athena SWAN Champion

Kev Head

School of Health and Social Care

Pastoral Support Advisor

School Athena SWAN Champion

Dr Elizabeth A. McKay

School of Health and Social Care

Associate Professor

SAT Member

 
Rhona Bain is the HR Partner - Inclusion and is part of University's Athena SWAN committee.  The committee or self-assessment team (SAT) and Academic and Professional Services Champions make a vital contribution to this process and come from across the University. Support is provided by Sandrine Flower​, Project Co-ordinator in the HR Inclusion team.
 

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