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Research institutes

As a research institute you can apply for the three Athena Swan awards, bronze, silver and gold.

Athena Swan in research institutes

In April 2014, Athena Swan membership was extended to include research institutes (RIs).

The extension of Athena Swan to RIs was done at the request of those working in – and with – RIs. They identified that there can be similar barriers to career progression for women in RIs and that the Charter could be adapted because of the close relationship between HEIs and RIs.

The Athena Swan package includes access to the accreditation process that can result in the award of the charter and a range of support to help institutes both enhance their practice and achieve recognition for their commitment in this area.

Athena Swan and Advance HE Membership

Advance HE Membership provides access to Athena Swan. Choose how to access our membership.

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Apply for an Athena Swan award as a research institute

As a research institute you can apply for the three Athena Swan awards, bronze, silver and gold. To make the process as simple as possible we have developed an information pack to guide you through your application.

To be eligible, institutes must:

  • be independent of an HEI (research institutes and centres within HEI’s should apply using the departmental application form)
  • be answerable to UK law
  • have the autonomy to make structural changes to progress gender equality within their institute. 

To find out more about applying for Athena Swan and to commence your application please request the Athena Swan award information pack below. 

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Athena Swan in Research Institutes

Renew your Athena Swan award as a research institute

Athena Swan research institute award holders are now able to reapply for their award using a process which focuses on progress made against their initial action plans and their future priorities. 

Research institute renewal application forms and a guide to the process are available here and in the information pack you can download below

Athena Swan resources and FAQs

To make it easier for you to find everything you need, we have moved our guidance, templates and good practice examples to support your Athena Swan Charter award submission into an easily downloadable information pack. Just fill in the form below and we will send you an email with everything you'll need. 

We also have an extensive FAQs section which contains answers to commonly raised questions about all aspects of Athena Swan, from submitting your application to results. 


More about Athena Swan

Applying for an Athena Swan Charter award

Transform gender equality in your institution through you an Advance HE Athena Swan award.
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Charter participants

Institutional participants and the awards that they hold.
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Panellist and observers

Information on becoming a panellist or observer.
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Good Practice Initiatives

Athena Swan good practice initiatives in higher education institutions.
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Frequently asked questions about the Athena Swan Charter.
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Athena Swan Charter Review

The current review of the Athena Swan charter.
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