Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter was originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, 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 new Athena SWAN Charter is based on 10 key principles:

  • To recognise talents for all
  • To advance gender equality
  • To recognise disciplinary differences
  • To tackle the gender pay gap
  • To remove obstacles faced by women, particular, at major points of career development
  • To address the negative consequences of short-term contracts
  • To tackle discrimination against trans people
  • To demonstrate senior commitment
  • To make structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality
  • To consider intersectionality

By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture in the wider community.

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