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Athena SWAN

We have held an Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2013 in recognition of our commitment to supporting career development of women at all stages from undergraduate through to professorial level.

The School, through the hard work of our Athena SWAN core team, were awarded its latest award in July 2018.

The application addressed the new criteria as laid out in the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter.

Athena SWAN core team
School of Medicine Athena SWAN core team. From left to right: Dr Samantha Hibbitts, Sub Dean EDHR. Joshna Patel, EDHR Deputy Dean - PSS Engagement. Dr Duncan Azzopardi, Deputy School Manager. Andrew Thomas, EDHR Deputy Dean - Academic Management. Dr Michael Laing, Data Analyst. Janet Richardson, Project Manager.

Athena SWAN is a national charter recognising excellence in Science, Engineering, Technology and Medicine in Higher Education through good employment practice for women.

At the School of Medicine we actively support and promote work-life policies that are of benefit to all staff, enabling a high retention and career progression of both male and female staff. We are determined to create an environment where every staff member and student is able to maximise her/his potential.

We have put together a self assessment team which comprises men and women at different stages of their careers representing different, newly constituted divisions within the school.

Participation in the Athena SWAN process has already had a number of benefits for the school. Workshops targeted at women and designed to increase awareness of, and confidence in applying for, the University’s Personal Promotion scheme has seen an increase in applications.

The sharing of good practice has seen the extension of schemes supporting postgraduate research students with maternity, paternity and adoption leave being extended across the school.

We fully recognise the extent of the challenges still to be overcome as we seek to embed the cultural and attitudinal changes that are an essential pre-requisite to the achievement of sustainable gender equality.