The Athena SWAN Charter evolved from work between the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN), to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). The Charter was officially launched in June 2005 with the support of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET (UKRC).
The School of Maths and Physics at Queen's and the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow are both committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining environments that value and celebrate the diversity of both staff and students. The School of Maths and Physics at Queen's currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.