Find out about the University's commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter
The Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE) established the Athena SWAN Charter in 2005. Its aim was to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 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 trans staff and students.
The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly. It covers women (and men where appropriate) and barriers to progression in relation to their:
Manchester Metropolitan became a member of the Athena SWAN Charter in 2009 and achieved an institutional Bronze award in November 2012. The University successfully reapplied for an institutional Bronze award in November 2017 under the extended criteria.
The Institutional Self-Assessment Team (SAT) oversees Athena SWAN activity and its membership covers staff across academic Faculties and Professional Services (including Technical Services). The SAT meets up to six times per year and reports into the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee (DEOC) on a termly basis.