Can #WomenEd break the education system?


Have you ever wondered which UK universities were ranked as being more female friendly as an employer? The Athena SWAN Charter gives recognition and provides such ranking information in the form of their Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards (see for more info).

It crossed my mind therefore that the #WomenEd community may wish to vote with their feet in support of these universities, both in terms of seeking them out as a potential employer if working in HE, or purely to endorse them with your presence as a student on the various Educational teaching courses provided.

Below, I’ve listed the silver award universities first, with a focus on those delivering university level courses on education. I’ve then listed the remainder of the silver award winners that didn’t seem to offer education. Finally, I’ve listed all bronze award universities, but did not seek out any education specific course information from those (please feel free to do so yourself).

Wouldn’t it be great if the #WomenEd community were able to break the current university ranking system by shifting our attention purely to those institutions who were treating women really well in the workplace? It’s food for thought. Females do very well in education generally, but then lose out in the workplace and at senior level representation. Maybe this is another way we could start to command more attention.

My lists below only include UK institutions, see for other country and other establishment lists. Also, some departments within other universities have Athena SWAN awards, while their university as a whole does not – please see for more details.


Universities with the Athena Swan Silver Award



Imperial College  Edu courses: university level teaching and learning PG cert/dip or Med



Newcastle University


Teachers can book a visit from graduate ambassadors for different subject disciplines


Education specific undergrad courses:

Education BA Honours (X390)

Humanities and Social Sciences International Foundation


Education specific postgrad courses:

Education (Clinical) MPhil, PhD

Education and Communication Integrated PhD

Education Doctor of (EdD)

Education MPhil, PhD

Education Research MA

Education: International Perspectives (Development and Education) MA

Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management) MA

Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning) MA

Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA

Educational and Applied Linguistics Integrated PhD

Educational Leadership PGCert

Educational Research and Innovation PGCert


Education CPD other courses


Leadership Programmes, Personalised (Accreditation optional)

Team Leaders Programme (Accredited by CMI)

Education (Clinical)Clinical Education, MClinEd, PGDip, PGCert (60-180 credits)

Queen Mary, University of London


Medical Education (Intercalated) BSC (Intercal)

Education for Clinical Contexts PGCert

Education for Clinical Contexts MA


Queen’s University Belfast


Postgrad Education Courses

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Clinical Education MSc

Educational Studies Med

Education: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Educational Leadership MSc

Inclusion and Special Needs Education Med

Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology (DECAP – Doctorate)

Children’s Rights MSc

Applied Behaviour Analysis MSc


University College London


Education Studies BA

Psychology with Education BA/BSc

Postgrad taught courses:

Digital Technologies in Education


Education: Art, Design and Museology

Education: Early Years and Primary

Education: English

Education: Higher and Professional

Education: Humanities

Education: Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Education: Music

Education: Science, Mathematics and Geography

Educational Leadership and Management

Psychology and Special Educational Needs

Teacher Training

Postgrad research programmes:

Education EdD , EdD, PT

Education MPhil/PhD , MPhil/PhD, FT, PT

Education (Online) MPhil/PhD , MPhil/PhD, FT, PT

Education, Practice and Society MPhil/PhD , MPhil/PhD, FT, PT

Educational and Child Psychology DEdPsy , DEdPsy, FT

Educational Psychology DEdPsy , DEdPsy, PT

Educational Psychology (Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology) , ,


University of Cambridge



Education, Psychology and Learning

Education, Policy and International Development

Education, English, Drama and the Arts


PGCE Study : Faculty of Education

Graduate Study: PGCE Progression to MEd : Faculty of Education

Education (Educational Research) MPhil

Education (Globalisation and International Development) MPhil

Education EdD

Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) MPhil

Education (Psychology and Education) MPhil

Plus many other options


University of Edinburgh


Childhood Practice BA

Community Education BA

Physical Education MA

Primary Education with Gaelic MA

Clinical Education PhD (or online distance learning MSc, PgCert, PgDip)

Dance Science & Education MSc, PgDip

Digital Education (Online Distance Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Education MSc, PhD, MPhil

Inclusive Education MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Language Teaching MSc, PgDip

Learning for Sustainability MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Outdoor Education MSc, PgDip, PGCert

Outdoor Environmental & Sustainability Education MSc, PgDip, PgCert

PGDE (Primary/Secondary)

Transformative Learning and Teaching MSc


University of Liverpool

Doctor of Education | EDD Programs | University of Liverpool Online

Medical Education PGCert/PGDip/MSc – Overview – Postgraduate Taught Courses

Overview – Medical Education MPhil/PhD/MD – Institute of Psychology Health and Society

Plus other courses


University of

Education Marts

Education BA


University of Sheffield


Education, Culture and Childhood  –  BA

Education – MA

Education, Applied Professional Studies in – MA

Education, Early Childhood – MA (distance learning)

Education, Early Childhood (Malta) – MA (School of Education website)

Education, Globalising: Policy and Practice – MA

Education, Postgraduate Certificate in (PGCE) – see Education, Postgraduate Diploma in (PGDE)

Education, International Postgraduate Certificate in (iPGCE) (online course)

Education, Postgraduate Diploma in (PGDE)

Education, Psychology and – MA

Education, Psychology and – MSc (conversion course)

Educational and Child Psychology, Doctor of

Educational Studies – EdD (School of Education website)

University of Southampton

BSc (Hons) Education

BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology

MSc Education

MSc Education Management and Leadership

MSc Education online

MSc Education Practice and Innovation

PGCE Physical Education

PhD (Integrated) in Education (4 years)

PhD Education (3 years)


University of Warwick


Education Studies (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)Psychology with Education Studies (Full-Time)

Education Studies (Full-time)


Religions and Education – MA, PGCert

Religions, Society and Education (Islamic Education) – MA

Centre for Education Studies

Psychology and Education – MA

Foundation Research Methods in Education – PGA

Drama and Theatre Education – MA

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills) – PGDip

Global Education and International Development MA

Religions, Society and Learning (Christian Education) MA

Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE – PGCert, MA, PGDip

Drama Education and English Language Training – MA

ELT with a Specialism in Teacher Education MA

Professional Education – MA

Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education – PGA

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Educational Studies MA

Educational Innovation MA

Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) – research courses

Educational Leadership & Management MA

Plus more


Athena Swan Silver Award University Providers, non education teaching / research specific:


Babraham Institute –


Institute of Cancer Research –


John Innes Centre –



Universities with the Athena Swan Bronze Award

Abertay University

Aberystwyth University

Anglia Ruskin University

Aston University

Bangor University

Birkbeck, University of London

Birmingham City University

Bournemouth University

British Antarctic Survey

British Geological Survey

Brunel University London

Canterbury Christ Church University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff University

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Coventry University

Cranfield University

De Montfort University

Diamond Light Source

Durham University

The Earlham Institute

Edge Hill University

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Heriot-Watt University

James Hutton Institute

Keele University

King’s College London

Kingston University

Lancaster University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Loughborough University

Manchester Metropolitan University

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

MRC Toxicology Unity

Northumbria University

Open University

Oxford Brookes University

Pirbright Institute

Plymouth University

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Rothamsted Research

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Royal Holloway

Sheffield Hallam University

SOAS, University of London

St George’s, University of London

Swansea University

Ulster University

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

University of Aberdeen

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Bradford

University of Brighton

University of Bristol

University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of Dundee

University of East Anglia

University of Essex

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

University of Greenwich

University of Hertfordshire

University of Huddersfield

University of Hull

University of Kent

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Lincoln

University of Manchester

University of Oxford

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

University of Salford

University of South Wales

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of Sunderland

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of the West of Scotland

University of Westminster

University of Winchester

University of Wolverhampton

University of York

Wellcome trust Sanger Institute

Buckinghamshire (Bucks) New University

City, University of London


The Francis Crick Institute

Goldsmiths, University of London

Institute of Food Research

Leeds Beckett University

Liverpool Hope University

London School of Economics and Political Science

London South Bank University

Met Office

Middlesex University

Moredun Research Institute

MRC Harwell

MRC Institute of Hearing Research

National Oceanography Centre

Natural History Museum

Nottingham Trent University

Robert Gordon University

Royal Veterinary College

The Sainsbury Laboratory

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Scotland’s Rural College

SKA Organisation

Staffordshire University

Teeside University

University of Bedfordshire

University of Bolton

University of Cumbria

University of Derby

University of East London

University of Northampton

University of Roehampton

University of Worcester

Zoological Society of London


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