Overview

Principles of Athena SWAN

The six principles which Charter members are asked to accept and to incorporate into their action plans are:
 
 
1.      To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
 
2.      To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across
          the organisation
 
3.      The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation
          will examine
 
4.      The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
 
5.      The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression
          of women in science, which the organisation recognises
 
6.      There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a
          sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation.