Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter is a global scheme designed to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.

It is based on a set of principles that institutions use to help focus and structure their gender equality work. These principles were revised in 2020, strengthening the Charter's commitment to positive change, including recognising gender as a spectrum.

Kingston University currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, achieved in April 2023, building on previous awards in 2013 and 2017.

Dr Ali-Al-Kinani and Dr Ricarda Micallef lead the submission for the institution.

Dr Al-Kinani says, "As a minority ethnic male co-chair of the institutional Athena Swan, I live the principle of equality for all staff and students of all backgrounds and aim to champion intersectionality and gender as a spectrum." Dr Micallef says, "I strive to ensure gender equality for all members of the University community. This will build on the work already completed by multiple departments and schools across the institution."

How does Athena SWAN work?

The charter uses a targeted self-assessment framework to support applicants, identify areas for positive action as well as recognising and sharing good practice around inclusive working practices.

Universities can apply for institutional and departmental Athena Swan awards recognising their gender equality achievements. Find out more on the Athena SWAN website. Current staff and students can find out more by visiting our dedicated hub on StaffSpace.

For further information regarding Athena SWAN or to discuss how your department can get involved, please email the Athena SWAN institutional co-chairs, Dr Ali Al-Kinani ( and Dr Ricarda Micallef (

Schools and departments that hold Bronze Awards

These departments/schools currently hold Bronze Awards.

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

  • The School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Kingston Business School, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Future submissions will be done by the full Faculty.

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment

  • School of Computer Science and Maths
  • School of Engineering and the Environment

Future submissions will be done by the full Faculty.

Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

  • School of Nursing
  • Centre for Allied Health
  • Department of Social Work and Social Care
  • Department of Midwifery

Current holder of a Silver award.

Current holder of a Silver award

  • School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry

Kingston University's Bronze Submission

To view our most recent Athena SWAN submission, contact Dr Ricarda Micallef