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Department of Biochemistry

Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity, Equality (WIDE) in Biochemistry page

Athena Swan Charter (Advance HE)

'The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE members can apply for institutional and departmental Athena Swan awards recognising their gender equality efforts.

Please note: the Athena Swan UK Charter framework recently underwent a transformation to ensure its suitability for the future of the higher education sector. The new framework, referred to as the Transformed Charter, can be used by new and existing members. Athena Swan Charter practitioners may continue working with the Post-May 2015 framework until November 2022.'


The Athena Swan Charter:

  • helps institutions achieve their gender equality objectives
  • assists institutions to meet equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils
  • uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants identify areas for positive action as well as recognise and share good practice
  • supports the promotion of inclusive working practices that can increase your the retention of valued academics and professional and support staff, demonstrating your an institution’s commitment to an equitable working environment


Since receiving an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, a number of new initiatives have been put into place within the Department as part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment for all of our members. These initiatives are largely directed by our Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Committee (WIDE), whose members represent a cross-section of our Department.


Find out more about Wellbeing in Biochemistry by clicking HERE.

Contact Details

Equality and Diversity Committee  Wellbeing, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Committee