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Top tips for those wanting to submit an Athena SWAN application

A free workshop discussing best practice for bioscience departments in higher education institutions to achieve an Athena SWAN award.

Organising societies

This Royal Society of Biology workshop is being run with support from the British Pharmacological Society, the Biochemical Society, the Society for Applied Microbiology and The Physiological Society.

This event is part of a series developed through consultation with the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which spans the network of RSB Member Organisations.

Apply to attend

There is limited capacity so preference will be given to members of the Royal Society of Biology and organising societies in the first instance. Create a free account on our website and when applying for your place please include:

  • Your name
  • Your job title
  • Your university
  • In the 'Other Special Requests' box please indicate which level of award you are applying for and if you are a member of any of the organising societies
Apply by midnight on Monday 19th February. We will contact all applicants by Wednesday 21st February with the outcome of their application. Further details will be available closer to the date of the event.

Programme - download pdf

10:30   Registration, tea and coffee

11:00   Introduction to the event

           Dr Pat Goodwin FRSB, Royal Society of Biology Diversity Champion

11:10   What makes a good Athena SWAN application?

           Professor Peter Main, King's College London

11:40   Workshop 1: Designing Action Plans to be SMART

           Annie Ruddlesden, Equality Challenge Unit

12:40   Networking Lunch

13:40   Workshop 2: Qualitative data and descriptive analysis

           Dr Kevin Guyan, Equality Challenge Unit

14:40   Experiences of applying for Athena SWAN Bronze Award

           Dr Lucy Jones FRSB, Kingston University

15:00   Tea and Coffee break

15:15   Bridging the gap between Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN

           Dr Rachel Simmonds, University of Surrey

15:35   Panel Discussion
           Broadening participation and expanding the concept of Diversity and Inclusion

           Dr Lucy Jones FRSB, Kingston University; Dr Rachel Simmonds, University of Surrey;

           Mr Daniel Greenwood, Francis Crick Institute. Additional panel members TBC

16:00   Close


If you have any specific workshop queries please contact science policy officer Emma Sykes. Please direct all other booking/application queries to Karen Patel at or on 020 7685 2569.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

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