Introduction to the Athena SWAN

The University of Exeter's Sport and Health Sciences department is a proud holder of an Athena SWAN Silver Award. As part of our commitment to attaining this, a discipline level working group was set up to undergo a self-assessment process of the department, highlighting key issues and implementing actions in response to those issues. This web page provides more information about who we are and some of the things we are doing as part of our Athena SWAN application.

Athena SWAN is a Charter that recognises the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Within STEMM disciplines, women are typically under-represented at senior levels and this is ubiquitous across the Higher Education sector. Athena SWAN recognition comes in the form of institutional or departmental awards of varying levels. Fundamentally, though, Chartership requires that institutions adhere to six key principles:

  1. To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  2. To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  3. The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  4. The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  5. The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  6. There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation

Find out more information about Athena SWAN.

Find out more information about Athena SWAN at Exeter.


The University is a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has held a Bronze institutional award since November 2011, successfully renewing this in 2014. All departments at Exeter are committed to holding an Athena SWAN award. As part of sharing good practice, the Sport and Health Sciences Department’s Athena SWAN application is publically available for download:‌‌‌

Additionally, all University and other departmental applications are available for download here.

‌The University was also pleased to be included in the Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) trial. The department of Classics and Ancient History participated in the trial and applied for and were awarded a Bronze Departmental Award (April 2014). Further information can be found at Classics and Ancient History GEM webpages.

The University is also participating in the Race Equality Charter Mark (REM) trial.