Advance HE has been carrying out the developmental work to deliver a holistically transformed Charter since the independent review of Athena Swan was published in 2019 and in 2021 Advance HE will deliver the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter.
Additionally, we have identified specific, short-term changes which we have made immediately; for example, the immediate offer of all future awards to five years, and the offer of one-year extensions for all existing award holders.
We have been working to deliver a holistically transformed Charter since the Independent Review of Athena Swan. The transformed UK Athena Swan Charter will launch on the 30th June 2021.
The Athena Swan team is changing
As part of the transformation work to we have recruited for a number of new roles to help deliver the updated Charter.
“This is an exciting and important time to be joining out Charters team."
Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE Director for Membership and Accreditation
The new roles include Senior Advisers, Charters Assessment Manager and Coordination support. The expanded and reformed Athena Swan Charters team will work together to ensure the Charters success and support institutions in their pursuit for gender equality.
The new panel for the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter
Advance HE worked with the Athena Swan Governance Committee to develop the review systems and processes that underpin the UK Charter, this included revised roles for panel members. We are pleased to introduce the new panel chairs and reviewers for the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter.
Athena Swan transformation updates
Blog - Autonomy and flexibility, a partnership-focussed model, reduced burden – guiding themes to implement the enhanced Athena Swan Charter by Professor Sarah Sharples
Professor Sarah Sharples, Deputy Chair of the Athena Swan Governance Committee, reflects on the experience of being a committee member, and the progress that has been made in supporting changes to Athena Swan.
New panel Chairs and Reviewers announced for transformed UK Athena Swan Charter
New panel members are announced in accordance with the independent review of the UK Charter, following close collaboration between the Advance HE Equality Charters Team and the Athena Swan Governance Committee.
Update on the Athena Swan Culture Survey
A key recommendation outlined in the independent review of the Athena Swan Charter (Spring 2020), was that the Athena Swan Charter should include a mandatory culture survey, and that this survey should be completed by all UK Athena Swan academic department applicants.
Update on the Feb 2021 Athena Swan engagement events
Ruth Gilligan, Assistant Director for Equality Charters would like to thank all participants who attended our February roundtable engagement events.
Athena Swan transformation update
As the new year begins in earnest and with the first signs of Spring on the horizon, Advance HE Chief Executive Alison Johns writes with an update on the transformation of the Athena Swan Charter for gender equality.
Athena Swan UK: Draft award criteria and underpinning expectations
Working with the Athena Swan Governance Committee (ASGC) we have drafted high-level award criteria supported and underpinned by defined and transparent expectations, with feedback welcomed from the Athena Swan community.
Athena Swan consultation exercise
Call for expressions of interest in participating in an Athena Swan consultation exercise.
UK Athena Swan review panel roles
Call for expressions of interest in future UK Athena Swan review panel roles.
End of year message from Alison Johns
As we near the end of 2020, Alison Johns, Chief Executive at Advance HE, reflects on the achievements and progress we have made this year as part of the Athena Swan Transformation.
Updated Athena Swan Charter Principles
Advance HE is delighted to share the Charter Principles which will underpin the strengthened UK Athena Swan Charter currently in development.
Update on the transformation of Athena Swan in the UK
As part of our regular communications on how Athena Swan reforms are progressing, Advance HE Chief Executive Alison Johns has written a personal update on how we are working to transform the Charter and support all colleagues in the sector.
Call for interest: membership of the UK Athena Swan Governance Committee
We recently announced and welcomed members of the new Athena Swan Governance Committee, which has been formed to provide assurance, expert advice and guidance to the Advance HE Board on matters relating to the transformation and ongoing enhancement of the Athena Swan Charter in the UK. We are now seeking expressions of interest for the remaining committee members and our short-life sub-groups.
This call for interest is now closed.
The requirement for institutions to hold departmental silver or gold awards before applying for an institutional silver or gold award is abolished
Advance HE can now confirm the immediate adoption of another of the review recommendations, such that applicants seeking to apply for a Silver or Gold university-level award are no longer required to hold departmental Silver or Gold awards in order to be eligible.
Athena SWAN Awards to begin from results announcement
From the April 2020 round onwards, the five-year Athena Swan award period will begin from the date on which results are communicated. This is in line with the recommendations of the Athena Swan Independent Review.
New Athena Swan Governance Committee forms
Advance HE is delighted to announce and welcome the new Athena Swan Governance Committee. The Committee has been formed to provide assurance, expert advice and guidance to the Advance HE Board on matters relating to the transformation and ongoing enhancement of the Athena Swan Charter as recommended by the Independent Review of Athena Swan.
Extension of UK Athena Swan award validity to five years
The Independent Steering Group recommended that the duration of Athena Swan awards be extended to five years. As part of Advance HE’s transformation plan, we recognise that this is a recommendation that can be enacted in the short-term in the UK. We have developed a light-touch process to enable this, whilst ensuring that award holders remain committed to progressing gender equality.
Advance HE responds to recommendations proposed in independent review of Athena Swan
Advance HE publishes its detailed response to the recommendations proposed in the independent review of the Athena Swan Charter. Alison Johns, Chief Executive Advance HE, said, “We are absolutely committed to an Athena Swan Charter that is both rigorous and accessible, so that everybody can be given the opportunity to thrive in the sector, and for the sector too to thrive as a result of more inclusive and fairer cultures."
Independent review of Athena Swan published
Advance HE welcomes The Future of Athena Swan, the report of the Athena Swan Charter Independent Review Steering Group which is published today. The report is the culmination of the extensive work of the independent review led by Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London and will see the Charter enhanced and its processes streamlined.
Athena Swan Governance Committee
The Athena Swan Governance Committee provides assurance, expert advice and guidance to the Advance HE Board on matters relating to the transformation and ongoing enhancement of the Athena Swan charter in the UK.
Blog: 'Be the change you want to see'
Professor Parveen Yaqoob, the University of Reading’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, explains why ‘Be the change you want to see,’ is something of a personal mantra and shares her thoughts on its relevance to her new role as Chair of the Athena Swan Governance Committee
Review of the Athena Swan Charter: Report and Appendices
The report of the Athena Swan Charter Independent Review Steering Group was published 19 March 2020.
The report is the culmination of the extensive work of the independent review led by Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London. It sets out a number of recommendations to ensure the Charter meets these challenges and is fit for purpose for the future of higher education.