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The Athena Scientific Women’s Advisory Network (SWAN) Project was established in the late 1990s to try to advance and promote the careers of women in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) in higher education and research in the UK, and to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts. Now embedded within the government’s Equality Challenge Unit in London, its Charter is a membership organisation to which many UK Universities, including Cambridge, belong.

The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET within Higher Education. Athena SWAN awards are available at University, School and Departmental levels. In October 2014 the University of Cambridge joined a select group of only four other universities to be awarded a silver award, which would not have been possible unless a significant number of its constituent institutions, such as the Clinical School, had already achieved this prestigious award.

Departmental Athena SWAN representatives:

If you would like to become an Athena SWAN Equality Champion, please contact .