Athena SWAN is a Charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality. Originally a charter which focused on the progression of women academics and researchers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), the Athena SWAN charter was extended in 2015 to address gender more widely.
The charter includes gender equality work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students and not just barriers to progression that affect women.The charter also recognises that individuals have identities shaped by several different factors and encourages the consideration of the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.
What is happening at QMUL
Queen Mary became a signatory to the Athena SWAN charter in 2005 and obtained its first Bronze award in 2008.
The university received a Silver award from the Athena SWAN charter in April 2017.
The School of Politics and International Relations successfully attained a bronze award for the Gender Equality Mark, which has now become part of the wider Athena SWAN charter. With the expansion of Athena SWAN to the Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Business and Law (AHSSBL), the Diversity and Inclusion Team will be rolling out a programme of support to engage these departments in submitting for awards under the charter.
The university is proud that all STEMM departments hold either a Bronze or Silver Athena SWAN award to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality.
As part of sharing good practice, these applications are listed below.
Bronze departmental award
Silver departmental award
The School of Physics and Astronomy holds a JUNO Champion award:
The University Gender Self-Assessment Team
The university Gender Self-Assessment Team oversees the strategic direction and implementation of Athena SWAN charter principles and related practices throughout the university. Led by the Vice Principal, Science & Engineering, its membership is made up of the Chairs of departmental self- assessment teams as well as staff and student representation from the faculties and departments within the university. The Diversity & Inclusion Team promotes and co-ordinates Athena SWAN activities across the university.
The University Gender Self-Assessment Team- Committee Members
Professor Edmund Burke - Vice Principal for Science and Engineering - Chair of Athena SWAN
Margaret Ayers - HR Director
Anne Parry - Faculty Operating Officer
Sandra Brown - Diversity and Inclusion Manager and Athena SWAN Project Manager - 020 7882 5585 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Secretary to the group
Samantha Holborn - HR Partner - Science & Engineering
Karen Condon - Internal Communications Officer, Marketing And Communications
Dr Rui-Pires Martins - Researcher Development Adviser (Postdocs, Research Staff)
Monique Arthur - Planning Officer
School of Mathematical Sciences:
Dr Shabnam Beheshti - Lecturer in Mathematics
School of Physics and Astronomy:
Dr Jeanne Wilson – Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics
Dr Costis Papageorgakis - Royal Society Research Fellow
Postgraduate student and WISE representative:
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences:
Dr Angelika Stollewerk - Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science:
Dr Laurissa Tokarchuk – Lecturer in Engineering and Computer Science
Dr Nikos Tzevelekos – Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering and Materials Science:
Dr Lei Su - Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering
Dr Nuria Gavara - Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials
School of Medicine:
Dr Maralyn Druce - Clinical Reader in Endocrine Medicine
Dr Sandra Evans - Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry & Associate Dean for Psychiatry, Institute Of Health Sciences Education
Dr Melissa Chan - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Institute of Dentistry:
Dr Mangala Patel - Reader in Biomaterials in Relation to Dentistry
Dr Sharanbir Sidhu -Women in Science & Engineering Staff Advisor
School of Politics and International Relations:
Dr Francoise Boucek – Lecturer in Politics
Dr Clive Gaby – Lecturer in Politics
School of Geography:
Dr Anna Dulic-Sills - Head of Administration
Zi Parker - Doctoral College Manager
Award application forms
Please click on the link below to find the Award application forms and guidance for schools and institutes:
Mentoring Scheme for Women
The Diversity and Inclusion team launched the QMUL Women’s Mentoring Scheme for all faculties in March 2017.
For further information about the scheme please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team.
Aurora Leadership programme – Developing women leaders at QMUL
QMUL will be participating in the 2017/2018 intakes of the Aurora Leadership Programme, beginning in October 2017.
Download a presentation about the programme including details of how to apply:
Aurora Leadership programme presentation [DOC 475KB]
Athena SWAN website: www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charter-marks/athena-swan/
Athena Forum (reports, case studies, etc.): www.athenaforum.org.uk/
Equality Challenge Unit - Athena SWAN measuring success report: www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/athena-swan-charter-women-science-measuring-success-2011/
For further information about the Athena SWAN programme at Queen Mary, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team or email: email@example.com