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What is Athena Swan?

The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 as part of the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) raft of equality charters.  The Athena Swan charter was drawn up to recognize advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all, and 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 School of Psychology at Lincoln successfully applied for the Athena Swan Bronze award in April 2016. For more details of the application, click here. This award demonstrates the School commitment to gender equality across all facets of university life.

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