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Athena Swan

About Athena Swan

A commitment to gender equality

Athena Swan is an equality charter mark that recognises good practice and a commitment to advancing gender equality in higher education.

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Teesside University has worked to embed the Athena Swan principles across all of its activity, striving to set the highest possible standards for equality and diversity.

Athena Swan provides a great opportunity to improve gender equality by learning from others, and identifying areas of good practice that can be rolled-out across our University.

Our Athena Swan strategy sets out our broader commitment and aspirations. Inclusivity is part of Teesside's DNA; our aim is to be regarded as a leader and agent of change in this field. For us, Athena Swan is not just an internal exercise, it is also about connectivity with our external networks and stakeholders.

You can find out more about the Athena Swan Charter on the Advance HE website Athena Swan coordinator at or one of our Athena Swan champions.

Institutional Bronze Award

The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze award for its work to eliminate gender bias and embed an inclusive culture that values all colleagues equally, values high performance and realises the potential of its people.

I am absolutely delighted that Teesside University's Athena Swan Bronze award has been renewed until 2029.

Professor Stephen Cummings, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, and Athena Swan Strategy Group Chair

More about our commitment to gender equality

Get involved

We welcome your support, whatever that may look like. It could be short- or long-term support, at an institution, School or department level. That support can include:

  • attending Athena Swan team meetings and actively participating in discussions
  • offering insights and perspectives on gender equality issues within your department or area of expertise
  • volunteering to assist with data collection and analysis for Athena Swan submissions
  • advocating for the implementation of gender equality policies and initiatives within your School or department
  • promoting awareness of Athena Swan principles and objectives among colleagues and peers.

If you would like to be involved in any of the projects please contact our Athena Swan coordinator at

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