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Athena SWAN in FBMH

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is committed to the principles and beliefs of the Athena SWAN charter. Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit (now part of Advance HE) to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicines) employment in higher education and research.

In 2015, the charter was expanded to include non-STEMM Schools, professional and support staff and trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

There are three levels of awards:

  • Bronze ('planning')
  • Silver ('doing')
  • Gold ('sustaining')

All awards work towards equality of opportunity and are committed to evidencing a real culture change within the University and its individual Schools. The University has been a member of the Charter since 2008 and currently holds a Bronze Award.

Prior to the restructure that created the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in August 2016, the Faculty of Life Sciences and all of the Schools and Institutes in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences held an Athena SWAN award.

These included Silver awards for the Faculty of Life Sciences' Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Manchester Pharmacy School and the School of Psychological Sciences, and a Bronze award for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

In 2018 our three new schools (School of Medical Sciences, School of Health Sciences and School of Biological Sciences) within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health were all awarded silver Athena SWAN. Our teams meet regularly (both within and across Schools) and continue to drive work towards gender equality and a diverse, inclusive and supportive working environment to benefit all our staff and students.


‘The University of Manchester and the Faculty of Biology and Health consider equality to be at the heart of its core values. We have a diverse group of students and staff in the faculty.  Through the Athena SWAN process we have developed comprehensive action plans which helps us support our staff and students in their career journey’ Dr Hema Radhakrishnan, Associate Dean for Social Responsibility.


Our Athena SWAN initiatives are supported by our ‘Women in Biology, Medicine and Health (WiBMH)’ and ‘Women in Cancer’ networks which regularly hold events, meetings and workshop – these are open to all and everyone is welcome to attend.  

Contact us

If you are interested in contributing to our Athena SWAN teams please get in touch with the AS chairs and/or your School Director for Social Responsibility:

To find out more about our Athena SWAN activities, please contact Dr Hema Radhakrishnan by emailing or visit the Athena Swan Blog.