University recognised for its commitment to equality in the workplace

08 May 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University has been awarded a prestigious Bronze Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), in recognition of the University’s commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.



Launched in 2005, and run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), Athena SWAN was established to help universities and research institutions create more equitable working environments for women in Science Technology Engineering Medicine and Mathematics and rewards institutions that are making positive steps. For the most recent November 2016 application round, in which 14 new institutional awards have been conferred, Athena SWAN was expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. 

Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, said: “I am delighted that Canterbury Christ Church University is one of only six universities to receive a new institutional Bronze Award under the expanded Athena SWAN Charter. It is an endorsement of our commitment to equality in our working practices across our broad subject portfolio. We look forward to continuing to enhance our policies and practices to promote a culture of equality of opportunity and aspiration among our staff and our current and future students.”

Dr Ruth Gilligan, ECU’s Athena SWAN Manager said: “All applicants in this awards round have shown great commitment to and progress in addressing inequalities in policies, practices and culture, and join a vibrant community in higher education. Equality Challenge Unit and I would like to congratulate all Athena SWAN awards winners on their achievements towards gender equality.”

Notes to Editor

The Athena SWAN Charter is one of two equality charters owned and managed by Equality Challenge Unit. Higher education institutions and individual departments can both apply for an Athena SWAN award. Further information about the charter is available on ECU’s website.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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