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Although the focus is primarily on addressing the disadvantages faced by women, the Athena SWAN Charter offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for all.


The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences received a Silver Award in April 2014. The process gave us the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

A comprehensive department action plan aims to:

  • Support and advance women's careers
  • Nurture a department culture that promotes sharing and cooperation, recognises achievements and supports work-life balance for all staff and researchers 
  • Encourage mentorship
  • Support new staff, ensuring they feel welcome and integrate quickly
  • Facilitate outreach.

Read more about the University of Oxford's participation in Athena SWAN.

Download our Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award application (Nov 2013).

Claire Schwaltz (left) and Alison Chapple (right) collect the Department's Athena SWAN Silver award:

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Athena SWAN Silver