Athena Swan at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths has held a Bronze Athena Swan award since March 2020.

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This Award marks Goldsmiths’ commitment to gender equality across the whole institution, along with its ongoing dedication to representation, progress and success for all.

Our Departments of Psychology and Computing have also each been awarded Bronze Athena Swan Awards for advancing the careers of academics, and commitment to being an equitable and bias-free place of research, learning and work.

About Athena Swan

Athena Swan is a nationally recognised scheme that was originally created to encourage institutional commitment to advancing the careers of women academics in STEMM subjects.

In May 2015, the scheme expanded to all subject areas and to gender equality more broadly. It now seeks to identify and address gender-related barriers to career progression affecting female, male, or trans staff in both academic and professional service roles.

The Athena Swan Charter Mark has been pivotal in progressing equality across the Higher Education Sector.

The impact of this progress can be seen in the culture and practice of institutions, particularly in key areas such as career development. It has also become increasingly significant in the driving forward of good practice in relation to funding.

Why Athena Swan matters

A Bronze Athena Swan award highlights a dedication to improving equality for all genders. Receiving the award has allowed the College to recognise good practice as well as identify gaps and reflect on areas of improvement.

The creation of an evidence-based, three-year action plan has allowed the College to commit to a strategy of improving representation, tackling barriers within career progression and supporting all of our staff in creating a culture that reflects the values of our diverse community.

The College is committed to supporting all staff. The Athena Swan award will help bring about a culture that reflects the values of the institution, and one in which all staff can thrive.

For more information about Goldsmiths membership of Athena Swan, please email diversity (