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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.pdfAthena 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 working towards April 2018 submission. The table below shows where each School is at in terms of their application:


Application status
Application result
Applied November 2014 (bronze)
Awarded bronze  April 2015
Applied November 2016 (bronze)
Awarded bronze  April 2017
Applied November2016 (bronze)
Awarded bronze  April 2017
Applied April 2017 (bronze)
Due to reapply Nov 2018
Applied April 2017 (bronze)
Due to reapply Nov 2018
Applied November 2017 (silver)
Awaiting result
Due to apply April 2018 (bronze)

Who is involved?

Dr Eleni Theodoraki from the Business School is working in partnership with Fiona Forrest-Anderson, Hr Partner - Inclusion & Development to lead the University's Athena SWAN committee to apply for the Institutional award in November 2017.  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.



Job Title School/Service Area

Fiona Forrest-Anderson

HR Partner - Inclusion & Development

Human Resources

Eleni Theodoraki

Associate Professor Business School
Wendy Tubi

Head of HR Capability

Human Resources

Naghmeh Moradpoor Sheykhkanloo

Lecturer School of Computing

Valerie Egdell

Senior Research Fellow Business School

Matthew Dutton

Senior Research Fellow Business School

Katrina Castle

Head of Widening Access Widening Participation

Kirsten MacLeod

Kate Murray

Dan Ridley-Ellis

Lynn McInotsh


Procurement Manager

Associate Professor

Data Centre and Operations Manager

School of Arts & Creative Industries



Data Centre and Operation

Elizabeth Murphy

Senior Finance Assistant


Alistair Sambell


Catherine Mahoney

Vice Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor




School of Health & Social Care

Sally Smith​

Dean of School​, SOC School of Computing

Alastair Stupart​

Admissions Tutor ​School of Engineering & the Built Environment

Clare Taylor​

Senior Lecturer​ School of Applied Sciences

Brian Webster-Henderson


Fiona McQueen

 Kirsty Hooper

 Lois Burke

Dean of Learning and​ Teaching



Part Time Demonstrator

Zero Hour Lecturer

Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement

School of Applied Sciences

School of Applied Sciences 

School of Arts and Creative Industries

Sandra Cairncross Assistant Principal, Student Experience​ ​Student Experience

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