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Athena SWAN

Welcome to Athena SWAN at The Open University


In photo:OU staff receiveing Bronze Institutional and Departmental awards at an Athena SWAN ceremony

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering  technology and subjects allied to medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research Athena SWAN website.

As a member of Athena SWAN the OU is strongly committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM areas.  It is proud to have gained its first Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in April 2013.  The Award recognises the good practice in place to support women academics, and celebrates our inclusive culture. Our Action Plan, developed for the submission and approved by the University Research Committee, commits the OU to further development and progress over the next three years.




Athena SWAN Bronze Award logo