What is Athena SWAN?

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise a commitment to advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM), their employment in higher education and research. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, rather than just the barriers to progression that affect women.


We aspire to play our part and become a preferred destination for female EEE students, academics and support staff. 

Prof. Simon Rowland, Head of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. 

Athena SWAN at the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) is a Bronze Award holder, receiving the award in 2014 in recognition of our practices. Bronze institution awards recognise that the institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

The University of Manchester launched its 2020 Vision Statement in May 2011, which includes the aim “to position the University as an exemplary employer and a destination of preference for all staff, both nationally and internationally, to enable it to become one of the leading universities in the world by 2020”. These aims are supported by our School’s strategic plans, which are reviewed annually in consultation with all staff. 

We need to inspire women and make sure they have access to all the amazing opportunities that are emerging in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering fields.

Prof Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester. 

Equality and Diversity Committee

Our E&D Committee has 13 members and is attended by the Head of School. The E&D Committee brings together male and female members, staff at both junior and senior levels. Our members bring a variety of experiences, including those with caring responsibilities and those who work flexibly in the School due to their commitments. Our work deals with our current position in relation to women’s representation and career progression within STEMM, and how our policies, practices and procedures support women’s representation and career progression. It also asks whether there are areas that need to change.

We are currently working on the submission for Bronze renewal and on championing a range of outreach activities, which include industrial talks, networking and career guidance.

Networks and groups:

Further information:

For information on Equality & Diversity within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and any queries regarding our work, Contact Dr Alessandra Parisio.

Dr Parisio leads the school Equality & Diversity Committee and can be reached at alessandra.parisio@manchester.ac.uk.

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