Why is this important for the Medical School?

The Medical School strives for excellence in all areas of teaching and research and we are committed to improving our working practices. One particular research focus is funding from NIHR for BRUs and BRCs and the Silver award for Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science is now required for these University/NHS partnerships.

About the Charter

All Athena SWAN members sign up to the principles of the charter:

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation

  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation

  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine

  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address

  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises

  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation