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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.








"I am delighted to serve as Vice-Chancellor of the Open University at a time when the institution has been engaged in an outstanding level of activity to advance gender equality and support women in developing their careers. In 2016, four of our six STEM Schools gained Athena SWAN awards, and our Institutional Bronze was successfully renewed.

The expansion of Athena SWAN to non-STEM areas opens an exciting, new realm of opportunities for gender equality at the OU, and I look forward to supporting and celebrating similar accomplishments across the other disciplines.

For us, the Athena SWAN charter is not only about gender equality, but, provides us with  a valuable framework that supports us in our drive to create an environment where each individual has an equal opportunity to realise their full potential."

Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, May 2015 – present


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