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Athena SWAN Charter

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 include 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. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

What is happening at QMUL

Queen Mary became a signatory to the Athena SWAN charter in 2008 and obtained its first Bronze award later that year. The university will be submitting for a Silver Institutional award in 2016.

The university is proud that all STEMM departments hold either a Bronze or Silver Athena SWAN award to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality. 

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. This scheme addresses gender inequality and imbalance in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 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.

As part of sharing good practice, these applications are listed below;

Institutional Awards

Bronze renewal submission November 2013

QMUL Bronze award renewal submission Nov 2013

Bronze renewal submission July 2010

Queen Mary Bronze Award renewal submission 2010 [PDF 1.64 MB]

Bronze departmental award

School Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences submission
School of Engineering and Material Sciences submission
School of Mathematical Sciences
Institute of Dentistry

School of Geography

Silver departmental award

School of Medicine
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds a JUNO Champion award: 

SPA Project Juno Champion Application 2015 [PDF 6.01 MB]


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

Anne Parry -  Faculty Operating Officer

Sandra Brown - Diversity and Inclusion Manager and Athena SWAN Project Manager -  020 7882 5585 -

Vicki Baars - Diversity and Inclusion Officer -  Secretary to the group - 020 7882 7709 -

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

Yasmin Ahmed - Life Sciences Initiative Equality and Diversity Manager

School of Mathematical Sciences:
Professor David Arrowsmith - Professor of Mathematics

School of Physics and Astronomy:
Dr Jeanne Wilson – Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics
Dr Marcella Bona - Lecturer in Particle Physics

Postgraduate student and WISE representative:
Jasmine Zohren - SEMS

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences:
Dr Angelika Stollewerk -  Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Dr Endymion Cooper 

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science:
Professor Elaine Chew - Professor of Digital Media

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:
Brian Colvin - Honorary Professor at QMUL
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
Dr Reetika Suri - Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Institute of Dentistry: 
Dr Mangala Patel - Reader in Biomaterials in Relation to Dentistry
Dr Sharanbir Sidhu - Clinical Senior Lecturer 

School of Politics and International Relations:
Dr Richard Saull - Senior Lecturer

School of Geography:
Professor Cathy McIlwaine
Dr Anna Dulic-Sills - Head of Administration

Doctoral College:
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 is launching the QMUL Women’s Mentoring Scheme for all faculties for 2017/18. Applications for mentees and mentors can be found here:

Women’s Mentoring Scheme Mentee and Mentor Expression of Interest Form [DOC 117 KB]

Useful information

Athena SWAN website:
Athena Forum (reports, case studies, etc.):
Equality Challenge Unit - Athena SWAN measuring success report:


For further information about the Athena SWAN programme at Queen Mary, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team or email:

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