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Faculty of Science

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in higher education.

The University is the recipient of a bronze award for the Athena SWAN Charter that recognises that the University has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff, also see our Diversity and Equality page.


  • Each year in the week leading up to International Women's Day the University will put on a series of activities that promote the Athena SWAN principles. Follow the links to University, Departmental/School and those on the left hand menu to find out more about our exciting upcoming events.
  • The University's Gender Equality Action Plan is part of Athena SWAN and GEM processes as well as forming part of the overall Equality and Diversity agenda.
  • All Science departments hold at least a Bronze Athena SWAN award except Physics and Psychology who hold a Silver Athena.
  • The University recently joined the WISE Campaign (which is free for staff to join) and students are able to join the Durham WISE Society.
  • The University currently runs supportive events which are open to female staff and postgraduates or the partners of male postgraduates. At these events women can work together to share in the personal growth and development process and acquire personal development skills.
  • ScienceGrrl is a network of (mainly) female scientists who are passionate about passing on their love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the next generation. For further information, please follow the link:
  • Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro (Chemistry) was featured in a supplement on Women in Business and Education in The Journal (she’s on page 5).
  • Computer Sciences' Anne-Marie Imafidon Scholarships for Women in Technology.
  • For three years the Faculty has been running a series of Women in Science lectures (2017, 2016, 2015) and photography competitions (2017, 2016, 2015) demonstrating our committment to diversity, equality and inclusion.