About the Survey

The Athena Survey of Science Engineering and Technology (ASSET), is a low cost, open access, web-based survey of career progression in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) in Higher Education.

It is designed to:

  • raise awareness of the differences in male and female career progression (approaches, expectations, perceptions, and outcomes)
  • increase awareness of the good practice policies, and processes which support and encourage sustainable and rewarding careers for women and men
  • enable universities, HE and research funders, and STEMM policy makers to benchmark progress, and the impact of changes, over time.

Previous ASSET surveys ran in 2003, 2004, and 2006, which between them covered over 7,500 male and female respondents, from more than 70 universities.

The most recent survey ran from 19 January until 26 February 2010. Participating universities received a summary of their own results in summer 2010. The comparable national results are available to view onscreen and download on the UK Results 2010 pages.



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