The Athena Swan Charter
Ulster University's commitment to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter is recognised through the achievement of the distinguished Athena Swan Silver award. This was celebrated in May 2023.
The Charter recognises advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all and was established in 2005 to encourage women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) subjects.
Since then it has expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL).
The Charter also recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
Faculties, Schools and Departmental Awards
The University currently holds a number of Athena Swan awards at Faculty and School level.
- The School of Psychology - Silver award
- The School of Engineering - Silver award
- The School of Nursing - Silver award
- The Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment - Bronze award
- The School of Health Sciences - Bronze award
- The School of Biomedical Sciences - Bronze award
- The School of Geography and Environmental Sciences - Bronze award
- The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - Bronze award
- The School of Sport - Bronze award
- The School of Computing - Bronze award
- The School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems - Bronze award
- The School of Education - Bronze award
- Ulster University Business School (Faculty) - Bronze award
Several Schools and Departments across the University have ongoing new applications. These will be added to this list upon successfully achieving their Athena Swan award.
For further information or if you wish to become involved in Athena Swan through the Athena Swan Committee or the Champions Network please contact Jonathan Matchett, Athena Swan Support Assistant.
Returning Carers' Scheme
As part of Ulster University’s Athena Swan Action Plan (2023-2028), a Returning Carers’ Scheme (RCS) has been established to support all staff on return from extended leave (normally 4 months or more) for reasons connected to caring - such as adoption leave, additional paternity leave, maternity leave, or leave to care for a dependent.
The Scheme aims to assist the career and professional development of individuals affected by periods of leave for caring responsibilities. The Scheme offers funds to support academic activity and build up the research profiles of those going on, or returning from, a period away from work.