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The transformed UK Athena Swan Charter FAQs: Other queries

The answers to some frequently asked questions about various aspects of the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter.

Will I need to sign up to the new principles?

Any institution, directorate or department intending to submit an application for an Athena Swan Award must first submit confirmation from the head of the organisation (for example, Vice-Chancellor or Head of Department) that they commit to the Charter Principles. You can find a template letter on our website: Once you have returned this letter, you will receive a co-signed certificate which you can use to help promote your gender equality work to your community.

Does the transformed Athena Swan charter include applicants from the Republic of Ireland?

Republic of Ireland applicants should apply under the Higher Education Authority scheme. For further details please go to:

Does the transformed AS charter include applicants from outside of the UK?

The transformed Athena Swan charter only applies in the United Kingdom. Information about the charter programmes outside the UK can be found on the International charters and Athena SWAN Ireland pages.

Will there be an opportunity for members to observe the new panel processes?

From 2022 there will be a system in place for members to observe panels both for their learning and development of the new process, and for transparency from Advance HE. We aim to prioritise new panellists into these observer positions and will then make them more widely available.

Can Physics departments convert Juno awards to Athena Swan awards under the transformed charter? 

Yes, following the transformation of Athena Swan, the process for converting a Juno award into an Athena Swan award has been updated. As part of Advance HE’s commitment to reduce administrative burden and increase autonomy and flexibility for Athena Swan applicants, the conversion process has been significantly streamlined and will not require Juno award holders to complete further application forms or an assessment from an Athena Swan panel. 

You can find further information here

For further information or advice about how any of these developments affect you personally, please get in touch with the Charters team who can be reached by emailing: