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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a charter developed by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to advance women's careers and promote equality in Science, engineering and medicine.

The Medical School in Queen Mary currently holds a Silver Award for its achievement.

Although part of the same faculty, Medicine and Dentistry have separate Athena Swan submissions. Download the Institute of Dentistry's submission [PDF].

Further information is available via the QM Athena SWAN Charter page.

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The Working Group Members

Terms of Reference for the Working Group can be found here

The School of Medicine Athena Swan Working Group members are:

  • Maralyn Druce – Co-chair
  • Sandra Evans – Co-chair
  • Amrita Ahluwalia – William Harvey Rep
  • Rachel Ashworth – Institute of Health Science representative
  • Matthew Caley – Postdoctoral Representative
  • Angus Cameron – Early Career Researcher
  • Danë Goodsman – Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
  • Sophie Hoque - Student Representative
  • Enid Hennessy – Expert with responsibility for data
  • Aine McKnight – Blizard Institute representative
  • Mangala Patel – Institute of Dentistry
  • Desna Roberts - Athena Swan Co-ordinator
  • Jane Sosabowski – Established parents returners lunch.
  • Steve Thornton – Vice-Principal (Health)

Professor Edmund Burke, who has responsibility for Athena Swan across QMUL also attends meetings on occasion.

Our initiatives

The School of Medicine is currently developing a programme of actions to advance women's career within the School. A full list of initiatives is present in our action plan but highlights include:

  • A mentoring scheme originating in the Medical School which is now been used across QMUL
  • Working meetings in working hours: all management meetings now held in core hours 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Embedding Athena Swan as a standing item on the SMD's key decision making bodies – School Executive Group, Research Education Strategy Board and the School Management Committee as well as the School's bi-annual Open Meetings
  • Appointment of the Athena Swan Working Group chair onto the School Executive Group
  • A policy to promote gender balancing of Seminar and Conference speakers
  • Workshops for women in leadership roles or wishing to apply for them
  • Creating an environment where women are visible and presented as role models for students and staff members
  • Women of Distinction in Science and Medicine Lecture series now held annually

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