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Equality & Diversity

View the University of Cambridge's Athena SWAN Silver University award Application

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a Charter to encourage and recognise commitment to gender equality in Higher Education for all staff and students.

The University of Cambridge was a founder member of Athena SWAN Charter and the University won its first award in the inaugural round of March 2006.

Since then, it has successfully renewed its Bronze award in 2009 and 2012, and in 2014 achieved a Silver Athena SWAN award.

The Institution committed to the new broader Charter principles in 2015 and applied for a Silver Institutional award, under the new criteria, in November 2017.

University departments currently hold 16 Bronze awards, 4 Silver awards (including the Clinical school) and 1 Gold award (Physics)

To learn more about the University participation in the Athena SWAN Charter please click here or contact E&D Consultant Louise Atkin at

Race Equality Charter

Race Equality Charter (REC) is a national scheme that provides a framework for higher education institutions to recognise, investigate and challenge barriers to recruitment, progression and retention of ethnic minority staff and students.

Higher education institutions that become members of Race Equality Charter commit to the five fundamental guiding principles.

The University became a member of Race Equality Charter (REC) in September 2016 and is preparing to apply for a REC Bronze award in February 2019. 

To learn more about the University participation in the Race Equality Charter, please click here or contact E&D Consultant Dr Joanna Jasiewicz at