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Athena Swan Silver Award

The School of Built Environment was awarded an Athena Swan Silver Award in April 2024.

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 and research. 

The Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment. It is now internationally used to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. 

Read our action plan for the renewal of our Athena Swan application.

For any questions or information about equality, diversity and inclusion in the School, please contact Dr Dragana Nikolić, School Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Policies and resources

Aerial view of Whiteknights lake and green campus, the University of Reading,

The University of Reading recognises the importance of fostering a working environment that protects the physical and mental wellbeing of its staff. Read more about how our School and University support staff health and wellbeing.

Bullying and harassment

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We have a zero-tolerance policy on any forms of bullying, harassment, and discrimination against any person because of their actual or perceived age, race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, background, political views, or any other identifiable characteristic.

Diversity and inclusion


At Reading, we want to be the place where everyone can fulfil their full potential. We believe that supporting diversity and inclusion helps us to attract and retain high-quality staff and students.

Athena SWAN Silver Award