Athena SWAN in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Athena SWAN has been an integral of part the College of Medical and Dental Sciences since 2011, in this time there has been numerous key achievements from more women in leadership positions to an increase in women being promoted to senior research fellow, lecturer and reader levels. 

How we have progressed

Since the formation of the Women in Academic Medicine (WAMS) team in 2009, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences Athena SWAN taskforce has worked hard to continue to build upon the changes and successes that have been made. Below is a timeline how Athena SWAN has been established in MDS.

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What is Athena SWAN?

Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) is a charter managed by the British Equality Challenge Unit in 2005. Based upon ten key principles, being part of Athena SWAN means organisations have a responsibility to adopt the principles within policies, practices, action plans and culture with the aim of recognising good practice towards the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression. In May 2015, the Athena SWAN Charter expanded to include professional, support and technical staff, Trans staff and students.  

Read the MDS silver award submission, November 2013