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Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter has since been expanded to cover additional disciplines and addresses gender equality more broadly. 

In 2014, the UCL Cancer Institute successfully achieved a Silver Athena SWAN Award. The Award recognises the good practice and progress we have made in advancing the careers of women in science.

Unconscious bias training

Bias training

The Cancer Institute Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, led by Prof Adele Fielding, has organised for all Cancer Institute staff two 90-minutes Lectures on Unconscious Bias.

The aim of each session is to provide participants with an understanding of the nature of Unconscious Bias and how it impacts on individual and group attitudes, behaviours and decision-making processes.

Lecture content

  • The source and function of unconscious bias
  • How unconscious bias impacts on decision-making and relationships in organisations
  • Strategies and techniques for reducing personal unconscious bias, as well as the unconscious bias that manifests in teams and across the organisation 

Sessions will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday 4th May 2017,  14:45 -16:15pm, Cruciform Building B115A
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017 9:45 – 11:15am, Torrington (1-19)  113

To reserve a place, please email HR Manager, Manuela Rossini, indicating which lecture session you would like to attend. 


UCL Athena SWAN Fact Sheets  

Athena SWAN factsheet

UCL Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Team have produced a range of fact sheets covering key information for UCL staff. There are seven fact sheets in total: 

Fact sheet 1 - Career Development
Fact sheet 2 - Support for Early Career Researchers
Fact sheet 3 - Recruitment
Fact sheet 4 - Support for Students and Student Recruitment
Fact sheet 5 - Flexible Working and Support for Parents and Carers
Fact sheet 6 - Culture
Fact sheet 7 - The Athena SWAN Process and Data


UCL Cancer Institute Mentoring Scheme 

To all academics at postdoctoral or junior group leader level

  • Do you wish to further develop your career objectives?
  • Do you need some assistance in identifying your short and long-term career goals?
  • Do you feel that you need some advice on career-related issues or obstacles?

If yes, then find out how to join the UCL Cancer Institute mentoring programme, by contacting Professor Adele Fielding (a.fielding@ucl.ac.uk).