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Athena SWAN Charter


Athena SWAN

The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise 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. The University of Sheffield is a member of the Charter, currently holding an Athena SWAN Bronze award which acknowledges the University-wide commitment to good practice in these areas.

The whole School is immensely proud of our Bronze Award and our current goal of Silver as it demonstrates how much much we value equality and diversity.

Chris Deery, Dean of School and Member of Self-Assessment Team

In order to extend this commitment to an equitable working environment, departments across STEMM at the university have also been awarded Athena SWAN awards. The School of Clinical Dentistry was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award in  April 2014. The School embraces the Athena SWAN Charter and believes in equity and fairness for all and includes staff at all levels, full-time or part-time, in decision-making processes and the running of the School.

We are committed to promoting women, work-life balance and fully participate in a range of University initiatives including:


We are now in the process of preparing the School’s application for a Silver Award: we plan to have a draft by 30 September 2016 for the submission deadline of 30 November 2016. The application is led and submitted by the self-assessment time (SAT) comprising of staff from across the School (please see here), who welcome any input or suggestions from any interested parties in the School and Dental Hospital (contact SAT at or follow us on Twitter@UoSDent_ASWAN). Please also be ready for the Dental School Staff Survey which we will be asking you to complete shortly, to provide data we need for the Silver Award application.

The team are undertaking a number of initiatives which stem from the action plan introduced during our bronze application and are continuing into the silver.  One is the introduction of informal lunches where staff across the School can come together to discuss different topics of interest to everyone.  More details can be found in the Athena SWAN Lunches tab above. Departmental, University and wider news and events information can be found on our Twitter feed above and a brief summary is given below.

Bring and buy fundraising bake sale, 11 May 2016

bake sale crowd

bake sale cake table

Bronze Award


Events and News 

School of Clinical Dentistry Athena SWAN Lunches

Monthly sessions held in the School Common Room 12.30- 2pm, a variety of different topics of interest to everyone

14th of September 12.30-1.30

We will be discussing ideas for our next Public Engagement event, Researchers Night, which is to be held on the 30th of September. We are looking for new ideas of how we can present our research to the general public and also looking for volunteers to help on the night.

Please come along, bring your lunch and join us - tea and coffee provided.

Athena SWAN Dental School Staff Survey

We will soon be requesting your help in completing a short survey to provide information we need for the Silver Award Application due on 30 November 2016.

Parents@TUOS coffee mornings

The Parents@TUOS network hold quarterly coffee mornings to discuss different specific themes of interest to members of the group. These coffee morning events are open to anyone within the University. They will last no more than 90 minutes and tea and coffee will be provided, more details and booking here

  • Update Parents @ TUOS with next date 14th June 2016 11.00am-12.30


A network to support women’s career development holding regular events. More information here

The 2015/16 Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Janet Beer, University of Liverpool - "Women as Senior Change Leaders". More information here 

  • 26th May 2016 Speed Networking
  • 8th June 2016 AGM (incl Review of the Year by current Chair Lynne Bingle) and Guest talk “Portrait of a Woman: One Year On” by Emeritus Professor Gillian Gehring
Self-assessment team

Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT)

Name Department role Self-assessment team role Work-life balance experience

Lynne Bingle


Non-Clinical Reader in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She teaches both Dental and Medical students and her long-standing research interests have been focused on the role and regulation of epithelial secretory proteins and innate immunity. Chair of the self-assessment team and is the Vice Chair of the Women@TUOS network. Married to an Academic in the Medical School, has a son in his third year at University and a daughter who is about to take A’ levels but spends a lot of her time with City of Sheffield Diving club - Lynne volunteers as the “events co-ordinator” for the club. The challenges for work-life balance have changed as the children have grown. She worked part-time (0.8 FTE) for three years after her daughter was born and then returned to full time work.

Philip Benson 


Professor of Orthodontics and Honorary Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is currently the Head of the Unit of Oral Health and Development. He teaches at all levels and his primary research interest is investigating the effectiveness of contemporary orthodontic techniques and practice. Clinical Academic Staff representative He is married to an academic general practitioner and has two teenage sons.

Anna Burrows

Director of Administration - she has overall responsibility for the administrative staff in the School and is part of the School s Executive Group. Administrative Staff representative 

Chris Deery


Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry and Professor of Paediatric Dentistry. He was appointed Dean in August 2015 and is a Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. His research interests are preventive dentistry, cariology, evidence based dentistry, research in primary care and child focused research. He has published and presented widely in these areas, including being the author of clinical guidelines, Cochrane Reviews. He enjoys cooking and football. He has a very supportive partner and 3 children.

Claire Elcock 

Lecturer in Oral Health and Development. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students and her research interests include child protection, children and young people's oral health and oral neuroscience Non-clincial academic staff representative  She was a full-time academic  but returned to work part-time after her first maternity leave. She is married with two young daughters.

Lorraine Friendship

Theme administrator for the Oral Disease courses. Based in the Academic Unit of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, she has worked in the Department for seven years.

Provides administrative support for and represent admin staff

Jennie Hopkin


Personal Assistant to the Dean & Director of Administration - she is also responsible for HR matters within the School as well as providing assistance to the Director of Student Affairs relating to student matters. Administrative Staff representative and assists with data management

Stuart Hunt


Non-clinical Lecturer in Human Anatomy. Since his appointment as a Lecturer in December 2010, he has built on his interest in molecular mechanisms in oral cancer progression, with a focus on transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation.

Non-clincial academic staff representative

Kathryn Hurrell-Gillingham

Research Manager for Dentistry working jointly between the School and the Dental Hospital. She manages all aspects of the research pathway and provides support for both clinical and academic staff and students.  Administrative Staff representative and data manager She works part-time (on a flexible basis) allowing her to combine a career in research administration with caring for her two daughters.

Robert Moorehead


Materials Research Technician within the Bioengineering and Health Technologies research group. He supervises and trains postgraduate students in the safe use of experimental equipment within the group, teaches statistics on the Dental Implantology Masters course and adhesion to the undergraduate dental students.

Technical Staff and Green Impact team representative He is a full time technician who is married with a young son. He has a very supportive wife who works part time to look after their son.

Helen Rodd


Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and was the first female to be appointed a Professor in this specialty in the UK. She is involved in teaching and learning throughout the five year undergraduate dental curriculum and her current research programme is driven by Health and Social policy which have highlighted the need to be more inclusive of children in decisions about their healthcare, as well as involving them more actively in health-related research and service development. Represents clinical academics whose specialty workforce is
predominantly female.
She has a very supportive husband and enjoys many cycling adventures across the globe.

Chris Stokes


Senior University Teacher in the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry. He is the eLearning lead, co-founded and supports the ADOPT
widening-participation scheme and is Cross-Cutting Director for Digital Learning for the university. 
Represents Teaching staff. He is married to a schoolteacher and has a daughter and a son.


Early Career/Post-Doctoral staff representative


Undergraduate Students representative


Post-Graduate Research students representative

Athena SWAN Lunches

The Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team has launched a series of lunchtime sessions held in the School Common Room. These drop-in session from 12.30 until 2pm enable staff to get together to chat, learn and share their experiences. The team will be on hand to facilitate the sessions, bring along your own lunch and the team will supply drinks and biscuits.  The dates and themes of these session are listed below. For more information contact

Lunches - All welcome

  • 14th of September 12.30-1.30 in the common room

We will be discussing ideas for our next Public Engagement event, Researchers Night, which is to be held on the 30th of September. We are looking for new ideas of how we can present our research to the general public and also looking for volunteers to help on the night.
Please come along, bring your lunch and join us - tea and coffee provided.

  • Wed 12 Oct

  • Mon 14 November

  • Wed 14 Dec

These lunches offer an excellent opportunity for everyone to get together and chat away from the stresses of work.

Lynne Bingle

Chair of of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team

Twitter Feed

Athena SWAN News, Information and Events

Please the below twitter feed for news, events and information that may be of interest.

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