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OU Athena SWAN Awards

The Open University holds Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze. The Institution is proud of its features of good practice, such as:

  • Equality & Diversity trainingOU receives Athena SWAN Bronze Award
  • Consideration of part-time staff in promotion
  • Mixed recruitment and selection panels
  • Range of support for students
  • Agile working opportunities for all staff
  • Flexibility upon return of maternity leave



As detailed in our Action Plan, we are currently working on developing and improving in the following areas:

  • Increasing efforts to ensure best practice in recruitment to increase the number of female applicants for senior posts
  • Extending specialist career advice to early/mid researchers on fixed term contracts
  • Developing specific support for re-starting research activity following maternity leave
  • Providing networking activities that specifically support women's career development in Science and Maths, Computing and Technology

Currently four STEM department have Bronze status and one department holds a Silver award. The University successfully renewed its Bronze status in April 2016.

Institutional Bronze

 Departmental Bronze

 Departmental Silver

  • Physical Sciences