Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice.
In order to apply for an Athena-SWAN award departments much undertake a comprehensive assessment of their culture and organisation in order to demonstrate that they fulfill the core principles of the Athena-SWAN charter. UCL was awarded its first University wide bronze award in 2006, and has since renewed this award in 2009 and 2012. In his letter of support for UCL's bronze award renewal, the Provost stated that UCL ''will take all necessary action at University, faculty and departmental levels to monitor progress towards an organisational culture where all can thrive, are equally valued, and experience equality of opportunity for career progression''. The Ear Institute will be applying for an Athena-SWAN award this November.
Since the spring of 2012 the EI Athena-SWAN self-assessment team have been working hard to assess how the EI might better manage gender equality, the career development of its students and staff and promote women in research. In response to your questionnaire responses we have implemented a number of changes - some examples are the new Ear Institute Careers day and changing the timing of final fridays to be more family friendly.
Our first annual careers day was held in September 2013
As discussed at the Career Day, UCL hosts various workshops on grant writing. ‘Think-Write: Writing targeted grant proposals’ will be held on 12th November from 10am-4pm and is geared towards those who:
- are about to write your first grant proposal,
- find grant-writing an unfocussed and/or time-consuming task
- would like to have a more strategic approach to grant winning and funding your research
Athena SWAN sites:
- Athena SWAN: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/
- Athena SWAN- UCL biosciences newsletter: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/Athena_SWAN/Newsletters
- UCL Policies: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/Athena_SWAN/policies
- Springboard: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/osd/research/programme/sdsb/index_1213.php "The Springboard Women's Development Programme enables women to take more control over their own lives by identifying the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take and developing the skills and confidence to take them."
- UCL Childcare Voucher Scheme: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/childcare_voucher_scheme.php
UCL maternity and paternity links:
- Maternity Links: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/maternity_links.php
- FAQs: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/maternity_faqs.php
- Childcare in Academia Hall of Fame: This blog post has a great list of research grants available to help fund childcare or conferences with on site childcare, support groups and more. Written by Paola Elefante
- The Guardian's Higher Education Network
- Female leadership in universities
- The Association For Women In Science
- AWIS blog
- The 'Female Science Professor' blog
- Female Science Professor's advice on joining committees or being invited to seminars
- Curt Rice's career role models for men and women
- New York Times article on efforts at Harvard Business School to place a greater focus on female success at the institution
- Difficulties facing 'Science
women' in Japan and what is starting to be done to change that
- Political Science editorial on harassment in science
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