Following a conference with representatives from UK research funders in July 2010 to discuss how their organisations encourage and support women in science, the Athena Forum published a report on 'Good Practice by UK Research Funders'.  The report addressed issues of gender equality and identified examples of good practice such as policies, practices and processes.

A follow up survey was distributed to research funders in August 2013, to update the report to find out progress since 2010 in implementing good practice in gender equality and to reach a wider number of research funding organisations. The findings of the follow up survey Good Practice by UK research funders, 2015 can be found here.

On Friday 27 September 2013, the Athena Forum held a Good Practice workshop for Research Funders

Good Practice workshop for Research Funders

  • The workshop programme included talks and presentations. The Equality Challenge Unit discussed the requirements of STEMM departments in making Athena SWAN award submissions.  The London Mathematical Society (LMS) gave a presentation on their Good Practice Scheme and UCL's Head of Mathematics talked about UCL's experience as an LMS Good Practice Scheme Supporter. The Royal Society concluded the workshop with a discussion on the initial findings from the Good Practice Research Funders survey, highlighting areas of good practice and other areas where improvements could be made.
  • The workshop gave learned societies, professional institutions and research funders the opportunity to share good practice, particularly around the support given to STEMM departments and Athena SWAN submissions.