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Athena SWAN at Cambridge

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, the University has successfully renewed its Bronze Athena SWAN award in 2009 and 2012 and in 2014 achieved a Silver Athena SWAN award.

University of Cambridge Athena SWAN Awards

Click on the link below to view the University's 2014 Silver Award application:

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


Departmental Submission Guidelines

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

  • Click here for a summary of the differences between the old and new schemes.
  • All Departments applying in April 2017 and after should use the post-May 2015 criteria and application forms.
  • Existing award holders looking to reapply should also use the post-May 2015 criteria and application form.
  • A document  has been devised outlining the key areas of focus for Departments and Faculties when planning Athena SWAN submissions.
  • Guidance has been developed to support University Departments in preparing Athena SWAN Bronze submissions.


Departmental awards

The table below provides links to Departmental Athena SWAN pages and successful submission PDFs:


Department  Athena SWAN pages

Submission PDF

Clinical Medicine

12 Departments and 5 Research Institutes

Silver Award November 2013

Biological Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Bronze Award April 2013

Department of Pharmacology

Bronze Award November 2013

Department of Psychology

Bronze Award November 2014

Department of Zoology

Silver Award November 2016

Gurdon Institute

Bronze Award April 2014

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Bronze Award April 2014

Department of Genetics

Bronze Award November 2014

Department of Biochemistry

Bronze Award April 2014

Centre for Stem Cell Research

Bronze Award November 2014

Sainsbury Laboratory

Bronze Award November 2014

Department of Plant Sciences

Bronze Award April 2015

Department of Pathology

Bronze Award April 2016

Physical Sciences

Department of Physics 

Gold Award November 2013

Department of Chemistry

Silver Award April 2016

Faculty of Mathematics

Bronze Award November 2013

Department of Earth Science

Bronze Award April 2016


Department of Engineering

Silver Award November 2016

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Bronze Award April 2016

Computer Laboratory

Bronze Award April 2015