Athena SWAN


Promoting equalityWe support the career development of women who work in science.

The University of Leeds works hard to promote gender equality and support the career development of talented women working in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science, engineering and technology.

It currently holds a prestigious bronze award under the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is working towards achieving silver status.

The University joinAthena SWAN bronze award logoed the charter in May 2008, good practice was identified and an action plan was developed for further initiatives across the campus to support women’s career development in research and learning and teaching. 

A dedicated Athena SWAN team, led by Maria Pervaiz Equality and Inclusion Manager, works with faculties and human resources, advising them about Athena SWAN submission requirements and helping them to further embed its principles across the University.

The University has a strong commitment to promoting equality, as illustrated by the number of women in some of our most senior positions.

They include:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor Vivien Jones
  • 51 female professors across the Faculties of Biological Sciences, Engineering, Environment, Maths and Physical Sciences and Medicine and Health.

The University of Leeds successfully renewed its bronze award in November 2012 and a number of departments of the University also currently hold Athena SWAN awards.

The submissions are available for download:

The Athena SWAN Charter is supported at a national level by the WISE Campaign for Women into Science, Engineering and Construction and the Equality Challenge Unit. Find out more about the Women in Science and Engineering campaign and the Leeds Women in Science Engineering and Technology (WiSET) network

For more information please contact Maria Ayaz, Equality and Inclusion Manager or Athena SWAN support officer Zarina Sutton at or phone 0113 343 3779.