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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Studies Guide - giving you information on library resources and services relating to gender and queer studies.


genderED creates a virtual space to showcase excellence in teaching, research and Knowledge Exchange Impact in gender and sexuality studies at the University of Edinburgh. It provides a dynamic directory and up-to-date resources on gender and sexualities courses, researchers, research projects, networks, blogs, social media and events from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and beyond.

You can find out more about gender ED via their Twitter account (@UoE_genderED).

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN Silver Award Certification

Advance HE’s 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, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM).

With the support of Equality Challenge Unit (now part of Advance HE) and the UKRC, the Charter was officially launched at the Institute of Physics on 22 June 2005, with the first awards conferred in 2006.

In May 2015 the scope of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to cover gender equality in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.  The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

You can read more about the Athena SWAN Charter and the University of Edinburgh awards here.

Women's History

The Edinburgh Seven

The Edinburgh Seven were the first group of matriculated undergraduate female students at any British university. They began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869 and although they were ultimately prevented from graduating and qualifying as doctors, the campaign they fought gained national attention and won them many supporters. It put the rights of women to a university education on the national political agenda, which in 1876 resulted in legislation to ensure that women could study at university.

In July 2019, the University of Edinburgh presented the seven with posthumous degrees.

Discover more about the Edinburgh Seven and the celebratory events marking the 150th anniversary of their enrolment at the University here.

Online Resources for Gender Studies

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