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Athena SWAN Supporting Gender Equality in Academia

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The University and Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter was originally established to encourage commitment to redress the under-representation of women in careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) research and academia.

The University of Wolverhampton is committed to the aims of the Charter.  We are actively working to implement change that encourages women to embark on careers in what are traditionally regarded as male disciplines. This is important to enable STEMM subjects to realise the latent scientific potential in the whole of the population irrespective of gender or gender identity. Our aim, guided by Athena SWAN, is to remove the barriers that are precluding both men and women from fulfilling their potential.

 Introduction from the University’s Athena SWAN Project Director

Karen Bill is Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. She directs the Athena SWAN Project  and chairs the Women in Research Group.

Karen has extensive experience of balancing home and work responsibilities, having four sons and being in Higher Education for over twenty years.

 Athena SWAN Video Karen Bill

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Contact Karen:   Phone:- 01902 32 3211      E:mail:-



Recognising and striving for Change – Athena SWAN Bronze and Silver Awards

The University as an institution was recognised with its successful Athena SWAN Bronze university award application (PDF 999K, Downloads file)  in April 2013.  In  2016 the University applied for the reaccreditation of its Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award during the November submissions round. The result of the submissions from this round will be announced by the end of April 2017.  

Going for Silver

We are also building towards attaining four Departmental Silver Awards by 2017 in Biology, Chemistry & Forensic Science (BCFS) and Architecture and Built Environment (ABE), from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and in the Institute of Psychology and the Institute of Sport, from the Faculty of Education, Health and Well-being.


Membership of the Charter, with its Bronze, Silver and Gold SWAN awards, can help our University fulfill its gender duty commitments, work towards sustaining equitable working environments and enable us to identify ourselves as employers of choice, not only to our staff, but to students, funders, research councils and industry.

Introducing the University’s Athena SWAN Project Co-ordinator and how to get involved

Stephen Greenfield is the University's full time Athena SWAN Project Co-ordinator.

Stephen has over 10 years experience of working for the University of Wolverhampton  primarily in the role of research administrator. He is also  studying part time for a doctorate with the University and shares parental responsibilities for two young children with his self-employed wife.

Various opportunities exist to support the development of the University's Athena SWAN project. These range from statements of support through to participating in working groups which may require members, or assistance in carrying out projects, at institutional and Faculty level. Please register your interest in getting actively involved through contacting Stephen.

Contact Stephen:   Phone:- 01902 32 1959     E:mail:-

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