Athena SWAN at the University of Hertfordshire

Athena SWAN - Bronze Award

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good practice in advancing gender equality for all in Higher Education.

Originally launched in 2005 to address the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), in 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles, and for people of all genders.

UH Athena SWAN Awards CeremonyThe University, alongside 6 of its academic Schools (Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics; Computer Sciences; Health and Social Work; Life and Medical Sciences; Engineering and Technology; and Education), hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards. View our institutional Athena SWAN Bronze submission (PDF - 4.52 Mb).

The School of Humanities submitted for a Bronze award in April 2017 and the Schools of Business, Law and Creative Arts are currently developing applications to submit in upcoming rounds.

Working with the Charter has helped the University engage with staff and students, identify issues affecting women and men across all subjects, develop ways to increase representation and support career development. The University and its Schools are ensuring that their Athena SWAN action plans are being implemented so that we can continue to reflect on, and improve, current practices. Read about some examples of good practice based on our Institutional Action Plan.

What is Athena SWAN?

What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN draws attention to the multifaceted nature of gender inequality and highlights that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit f...

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Self-Assessment Team

Self-Assessment Team

A Self-Assessment Team (SAT) was formed to review the University's application leading up to submission for the Bronze institution award...

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Athena SWAN in our Schools

Athena SWAN in our Schools

All our STEMM Schools have an Athena SWAN self-assessment team working with them...

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Athena SWAN news

Athena SWAN news

Find out about our ongoing initiatives for Athena SWAN...

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Women in STEMM Network

Women in STEMM Network

The University's Women in STEMM Network (WSN) is open to all women in science and aims to support them in their career development...

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Support for students and staff

Support for students and staff

When you study or work at the University of Hertfordshire, you will benefit from a range of Athena SWAN inspired support...

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Find out why gender equality is good for both women and men.


For further information on Athena SWAN

Visit the official Athena SWAN website.

Contact Sarah Goler Solecki if you would like to find out more about School-level Athena SWAN initiatives.

The lead on implementation of the University Athena SWAN action plan is Min Rodriguez, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.