Athena SWAN

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Why does this matter?

  • helps institutions achieve their gender equality objectives
  • assists institutions to meet equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils
  • uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants identify areas for positive action as well as recognise and share good practice
  • supports the promotion of inclusive working practices that can increase your the retention of valued academics and professional and support staff, demonstrating your an institution’s commitment to an equitable working environment

How does this affect Aberystwyth University

Advance HE’s Athena Swan Charter covers all gender identities in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional, managerial and support staff roles

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Self Assessment Team:

In preparation for our 2023 application, the Self-Assessment Team has been meeting regularly since May 2021.; first, as an 'implementation' group and later as a review and Action Plan group.

Name Job Role/Department Email
Al Rhodes Campaigns and Democracy Coordinator, Students’ Union alr80
Andrew Thomas Head of Department, Business School ant42
Anwen Jones (Chair) Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences aej
Anthonia Ijeoma Onyeahialam Earth Observation and GIS Scientist - GEOM Project, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences aio
Christine Zarges Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science chz8
Delphine Demelas Post-Doctoral Research Assistant - Anglo-Norman Dictionary, Department of Modern Languages ded22
Elin Mabbutt Project Manager Advanced Media Production, Department of Computer Science emm32
Gabor Gelleri Senior Lecturer, Modern Languages gag9
James Woolley E-learning Enhancement & Engagement Theme Leader, Information Services jbw
Jessica Adams Research Fellow, IBERS jaa
Lucy Trotter Lecturer in Education, School of Education lut22
Megan Talbot Associate Lecturer, Department of Law & Criminology met32
Mike Morris Business Development Manager, IBERS tem
Rachel Cross Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics rac21
Reyer Zwiggelaar Professor, Department of Computer Science, Head of the Graduate School rrz
Dylan Jones Diversity and Inclusion Manager dej20
Sarah Dalesman Lecturer in Freshwater Biology, IBERS sad31


Athena Swan Contacts:

If you would like further information on the University’s works towards the Athena Swan Chartermark please contact

  • Dylan Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Manager on