Athena SWAN Charter for Women in STEM

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Charter aims to advance representation of women in science, engineering and technology. It  promotes and rewards good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of female academics. 

To find more about the principles of the Charter:

To find more about the University Bronze Award,

School of Chemistry Athena SWAN Bronze Award Application:

Recent Athena SWAN Events

  • 3rd November 2015, Athena SWAN Seminar 13:00 - Prof. Jane Hill, University of York (Biosciences E102) "Path to Athena SWAN Gold - Some Reflections from Biology at York"
  • 20th July 2015, Career Talk 09:30 - Prof. Eric Anslyn, University of Texas (Haworth 203) "Professor Anslyn: Career in Research"
  • 29th June 2015, Athena SWAN Seminar 14:00 - Prof. Paul Walton, University of York (Haworth 101) "Equality for Women in Science: Now, Sometime, Never?"
  • 24th March 2015, Physics International Women's Day Celebration 13:30 - Prof. Yvonne Elsworth, University of Birmingham (The Barber Institute, Lecture Theatre G11) "A Random Walk From Undergraduate to Poynting Professor"
  • 5th February 2015, Athena SWAN Workshop 12:30 - Dr Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge (Muirhead Tower 710) "Employment and Well-Being: How Much Work Should We Do in the 'Good Life'?"

Previous Athena SWAN Events

  • 30th June 2014 School Seminar Prof. Eileen Ingham, University of Leeds "Research, translation and commercialisation of acellular biological scaffolds"
  • 24th June 2014, 3rd RSC Younger Member Symposium (YMS2014) Prof. Lesley Yellowlees, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry “Identity, Impact and Voice or ‘How did I get here?'
  • 9th October 2013, Athena SWAN Seminar Prof. Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge "Facilitating Women's Progression to the Top"
  • 2nd November 2012, Athena SWAN SeminarProfessor Robin Perutz, FRS, "Activities at York" Chemistry  College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Staff house
  • 13th September 2012,  Athena SWAN Information Event, School of Chemistry
  • 13th September 2012, Women in Science Network Evening, RSC Birmingham and West Midlands,  Winterbourne Gardens, UoB
  • 28th  January 2012, Athena SWAN Information Event: Data and Activities in Chemistry.

 Recent Athena SWAN Outreach Events

  • 16th September 2015 - Dr Louise Male hosted a "Girls in STEM" workshop in the School of Chemistry
  • 15th July 2015 - Dr Sarah Horswell ran a "Headstart - Materials for Energy" workshop
  • 21st - 22nd April 2015 - The School of Chemistry again hosted the Salter's Festival of Chemistry, with participation from numerous schools across the West Midlands

Salters team image


Previous Athena SWAN Outreach Events

  • 27 June 2014 - Dr Zoe Schnepp was one of this year’s Soap Box Science female scientists presenting to the general public on London’s South Bank. Click here for videos, photos and press coverage of the event.
  • 2 May 2014 – Dr Zoe Schnepp talks to Chemistry World about her work and career. Click hear to read the article.
  • 19 August 2013 – Dr Zoe Schnepp features in the Independent as one of their Women in Science.Click here to read the article.
  • Nuffield Summer Student gets to the final of NSEC - Janie at the Big Bang fair presenting the work that she did in the Schnepp lab. Click here to find out more.

    Big Bang fair
  • A group of students with the alginate molecule they built at a recent Girls in STEM Day.

    Alginate molecule
  • Emily Doyle, a 2nd Year Undergraduate, represented the Chemical Sciences at the RSC Three Counties Show.


The Equality and Diversity Committee

The group is set up to assess data involving gender information, policies and procedures in the School and work towards the recognition of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

How to get involved

Please contact one of the members of the group.

Useful Links

Equality and diversity

Careers Network

Personal Skills Award


Guild of students

Volunteering activities that the students run include:

  • Selly Oak Play Scheme (SOPS)
    SOPS meet in The Underground in the Guild every Sunday morning, and offer activities to the children in the local community, promoting good relationships between the University and people from the local area. All the children are between 7 and 11 years old. Email:
  • Saturday Morning Play Scheme (SMPS)
    Double award winning SMPS caters for children with behavioural problems and learning difficulties. The group organises a whole host of trip and activities for the children, who are all between the ages of 9 and 12. 

For staff

Student parent/carer resources

Children’s holiday activities and sport

External links