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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded and now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, including in the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

The Department of POLIS Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee was formed in February 2016 and includes academics, administrators and students. The Committee is putting a number of initiatives in place to highlight and promote gender equality, and is working towards receiving its Bronze Award in 2020.


The Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) who are academics, support staff and students, in relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Learn more about:

The Athena SWAN Charter

The Self Assessment Team

Our Action Plan