Athena SWAN Award

The promotional branding for Athena Swan



On 29 July 2022 the department submitted an application to renew our national 'Athena Swan' 'Bronze' award, which we had held since April 2017. 

On 28 September 2022 we received official notification that our application was successful, and we are now re-accredited with Bronze status up to 30 September 2027.  This is recognition of our ongoing work to improve equality in the department in terms of gender, and to improve the inclusion of women in all aspects of the department.  This encompasses all roles in the department (students  - both undergraduate and post graduate, technical and professional support staff, researchers and academics) and their important contributions to our community.  

The renewal of this award means we have a new action plan - committing to these actions will make the department better for us all.
The plan has four pillars: (i) Systemic Change, (ii) Communication, Outreach & Representation, (iii) Stabilization & Valorization, and (iv) Admissions & Hiring Processes

The action plan can be found here (Oxford SSO needed). 


As part of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity, if you have any feedback or suggestions at any time which you would like to offer, then please contact Angus Wilkinson (chair of our Equality Diversity & Inclusion Committee) or you can comment confidentially by emailing