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Time to get Athena Swan back on track, says academics

Academics who reviewed charter call it ‘burdensome beast’, but question government’s move to ‘ditch it’

A group of high-profile academics have questioned whether now is “really the time to ditch” the Athena Swan Charter after the government cut the link between the charter and funding.

On 10 September the National Institute for Health Research severed the link between the Athena Swan Charter and funding, revealing in a government announcement that it would no longer require funding applicants to be accredited by the scheme. The announcement formed part of a wider government drive to cut bureaucracy in research.

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