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The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Athena SWAN Charter covers all institute staff regardless of gender in: academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL; professional and support staff; trans staff and students, in relation to their: representation; progression of students into academia; journey through career milestones; working environment.

Read our silver award submission here


The Athena SWAN Charter is based on ten key principles. By being part of Athena SWAN, institutions are committing to a progressive charter mark; adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.



The Rothamsted research Athena SWAN committee undertakes regular internal reviews and revisions of how Rothamsted aligns with the Athena SWAN key principles.



Rothamsted's Athena Swan committee continually runs events across the institutes to promote our Athena Swan commitment.

Rothamsted hosted International Womens Day 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as running a successful International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Please keep an eye on our events page for any upcoming events you might be interested in attending.