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Athena Swan

Athena SWANThe land-based industries remain unbalanced in terms of gender representation.  Although the number of women with scientific or technical university degrees is growing, women are still under represented in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) professions. Furthermore women are more likely to leave academia than similarly qualified men.

SRUC is one of 136 institutions that are members of the Athena SWAN Charter; this represents nearly 90% of all eligible HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) in the UK.

Our Commitment

SRUC is committed to and strives for equality of opportunity for all its students and staff (existing and prospective).

For SRUC Athena SWAN is a driver for behavioural change – it is about promoting a more gender equal culture which includes promoting family friendly working policies, embracing flexibility and diversity in the work place and rewarding  all staff equally for their endeavours.  It is embedded within our Equality, Human Rights and Inclusion agenda


In practice this means that we:

  • are committed to providing an environment where all people are respected and treated fairly, regardless of individual characteristics or distinctions;
  • will develop a culture in which diversity is celebrated;
  • will not discriminate unfairly or illegally against anyone and will take positive action to promote equality and diversity;
  • embed equality and diversity at the heart of our mission and values; and
  • take appropriate action against individuals who behave in a discriminatory manner.

With this charter, SRUC is strengthening its commitment to gender equality through aiming to achieve the Athena SWAN bronze award at the beginning of 2021.


Contact Penny Karanasiou or Christine Watson to find out more about our Athena SWAN activities.

With this charter, SRUC is strengthening its commitment to gender equality through aiming to achieve Athena SWAN bronze award by 2021.

The Charter

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The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEM) employment in higher education

Equality and Diversity

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SRUC is committed to and strives for equality of opportunity for all its students and staff (existing and prospective) and will recognise and celebrate their diversity. 

Panagiota-Penny Karanasiou

SWAN Operations Manager

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
Peter Wilson Building
Kings Buildings
West Mains Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3JG.

E-mail: PanagiotaPenny.Karanasiou@sruc.ac.uk