Athena Swan

Encouraging and recognising commitment to advancing gender equality

The Athena Swan initiative is a national charter developed by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 (now part of Advance HE). Athena Swan recognises and promotes good practice in gender equality. Athena Swan originally covered STEMM subjects only (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). In May 2015, the University of Stirling signed up to the expanded charter, which now includes Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law. The expanded charter also recognises work undertaken with regards to professional and support roles, trans staff and students.

Stirling has been part of the charter since 2011. We were awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award in September 2016. The award follows rigorous examination of equality and diversity information relating to our academic activities and the creation of a robust action plan with clear accountability to promote gender equality.

View our Athena Swan submission and action plan (PDF).

The Institutional Athena Swan Group (IASG) is responsible for the institutional Athena Swan submission and action plan. The panel is comprised of academic and administrative staff and is Chaired by Jill Stevenson, Dean for Equality, Inclusion and Diversity. Progress against the Athena Swan institutional action plan is reported to the Equality Steering Group.

Key progress to date

  • Development and delivery of Stepping Stones, a two-day personal and professional development programme for female staff
  • Training delivered for female and male staff on the academic promotions process
  • Key staff trained in unconscious bias
  • Establishment of Stirling Women – the University’s gender equality forum

All of our STEMM, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law divisions and Faculties and are working towards Departmental Athena Swan awards. The submission for each group is being developed by a panel of academic and support staff. The panels are supported by colleagues in Policy and Planning and the IASG. There are regular opportunities for sharing best practice between the groups and with the IASG.

We currently hold four divisional and faculty Athena Swan awards: 

Contact us

If you want to find out more about our application, please contact us at equality@stir.ac.uk.