The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care holds an Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.
- Athena Swan at UCL
- IEHC Athena Swan Silver Application & Action Plan
- Self Assessment Team
Below is a list of the current Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT) committee members. If you are interested in joining the SAT committee, please email Madiha Sajid (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also view a list frequently asked questions to find out more about Athena Swan initiative and how to get involved.
Dr Noriko Cable
Co-Chair of SAT Committee, Have been working at UCL on an open-ended contract from a fixed-term contract since 2005. Promoted to Senior Research Fellow (2007), Co-lead for staff & student data collation
Co-chair, have been working at UCL for 7 years with flexible working arrangements due to childcare. Founder of UCL Parents And Carers Together Network and member of UCL 50:50 Gender Equality working group.
Research assistant and PhD student in EPH. Helped launch the Institute Early Career Forum in 2013, and has been a member of the organisation committee ever since. Research interests in gender, work and family and implications for health, well-being and child development.
Professor Nora Groce
Leonard Cheshire Chair and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre. Has worked at UCL since 2008. Work in global health, international development with concentration on applied research concerning vulnerable populations – (people with disabilities, women, members of ethnic and minority communities).
PhD student at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing. Research interest in control and wellbeing.
Dr Jane Maddock: Research Associate, MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing Institute at UCL. Worked for UCL since 2016. Research interests in life course epidemiology.
Dr Annie Herbert
Research Associate in Medical Statistics, within the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Health. Have been at UCL since 2012 on a fixed-term contract
Dr Sarah-Naomi James
Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL on a fixed-term contract. Research interests in life course predictors of healthy ageing.
Miss Aradhna Kaushal
PhD student at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing since 2014.
Department Administrator and Personal Assistant to two professors of health care. Interests, development of professional services.
Dr Jane Maddock
Research Associate, MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing Institute at UCL. Worked for UCL since 2016. Research interests in life course epidemiology.
Worked at UCL since 1995 and from 2011 has been Institute Manager for IEHC.
Dr Samantha Quaife
Completed PhD in Psychology at UCL and now working as a Research Associate in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.
Dr Angus Ramsay
Senior Research Associate, UCL Department of Applied Health Research. Research interests in how organisational factors influence efforts to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.
Dr Shaun Scholes
Research Associate, Health and Social Surveys Research Group. Worked for UCL since 2009. Research interests include trends in health inequalities
Dr Nicola Shelton
Reader in Population Health. Worked part-time since 2002. when appointed as a Research Fellow. Promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2005, appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2008 and promoted to Reader in 2015. Research interests: health surveillance and health outcomes that can be measured through large and complex health data sets with particular interests in alcohol consumption, physical activity and older people's health.
Administrative Assistant providing central support to two departments, EPH and DAHR and has secured one promotion since starting this post.
Dr Wahyu Wulaningsih
Postdoctoral research associate with interest in obesity and ageing, worked for UCL on a fixed term contract since 2016, STEM ambassador, co-founder of Philippine and Indonesian Scholar (PILAR) Research and Education
- Minutes of previous meetings
- Family Support
The below information is not exhaustive, so if you cannot find what you are looking for please email Ben Webb for further information.
Useful information and advice for new parents including the full Maternity and Paternity leave policies, an online maternity leave calculator, support helpline and details on the UCL rest room for new mothers.
You are advised to make an appointment with your Department Manager as soon as possible so that they can assist you with completion of your maternity / paternity leave application and answer any queries you may have. If your Department Manager is not available please contact Terri Goody, HR Lead for the Institute who may be able to assist you instead.
Leave Entitlement Video Recording
Useful information for those contemplating breastfeeding at work (including breast milk storage, private accommodation and flexible working options).
Maternity Rest Rooms
See here for information on the UCL tax efficient ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme for members of staff with children at the UCL Daytime Nursery
Childcare vouchers are a Government scheme designed to help parents afford high quality childcare. UCL operates a Childcare Voucher scheme with Kiddivouchers Ltd. This is a benefit that lets parents make substantial savings against the cost of their childcare. You can use childcare vouchers for many different kinds of childcare, ranging from nurseries and childminders through to out-of-school activities, breakfast clubs and afterschool care for older children.
There are a number of sources of financial support available for students with dependants. The type of support relevant to you can depend on a number of factors such as your status as a student, your nationality, your course and your financial status.
This policy covers all types of leave ranging from Bereavement Leave to Carers Leave (which can apply to an employees own children, next of kin, partners and parents/parents of partners).
This policy defines sabbatical leave, the parameters within which academic staff may access this leave and the process to be followed when applying for sabbatical leave.
The procedure to follow when planning Career Breaks, Unpaid Carers Leave and Unpaid Parental Leave.
UCL acknowledges that its staff are most productive when they have achieved a work-life balance that enables them to meet their responsibilities outside work. This policy provides a framework within which departments can consider how best to enable staff to achieve an effective balance between work and life outside the workplace. This framework incorporates UCL's statutory responsibility to consider requests for flexible working to enable staff to care for young children or dependent adults.
3 million people in the UK juggle paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities: 1 in 7 people in any workforce. Looking after dependants is an issue that is likely to affect the majority of the workforce at some point in their working lives, particularly as people are living longer.
UCL has a long history of being inclusive. For this value to have meaning today it is crucial that it is translated into the 21st century working environment. What this means in this context is that every effort should be made to support those with responsibilities outside work to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.
As a forward-looking institution UCL has a role to play in transforming traditional gender roles so that men feel empowered to play an active role in supporting their partners by looking after their young families and other dependants. We recognise that the family unit is very different from twenty or thirty years ago and that there are more lone parents, gay parents, step families and other non-traditional arrangements.
This new guidance looks at the working rights and entitlements for staff with dependants, specific UCL policies to aid staff to work flexibly as well as a number of case studies and suggestions to help managers to support staff with dependants.
Here you will find details relating to the UCL Careers Service for Research Staff, the UCL Employee Assistance Scheme (this is a free confidential advice service for both yourself and your family) and UCL Occupational Health which is also a free service that helps to promote physical and psychological well being and prevent illness and injury arising from work activity.
UCL PACT (Parents and Carers Together) Network
Parents and Carers Together (PACT) is a social network that aims to support UCL staff members who are balancing ongoing caring responsibilities with work.It is a peer support group led by network members for members so new ideas and activities are always welcomed and encouraged.
- Careers Advice Surgery
The Careers Advice Surgery is an opportunity for early career research/teaching staff (including postdoctoral fellows, RA's and PhD students etc.) to obtain advice about career development in an informal and confidential setting from two senior staff. To find out more information, visit the IEHC Careers Advice Surgeries webpage
- Appraisal Aide Memoir
- Early Career Researcher Forum
The Early Career Researcher Forum (ECF) is an ongoing and expanding programme of regular seminars for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students across the IEHC Departments. The ECF events provide educational and networking opportunities to a wide audience of IEHC staff and students (both women and men) and encourage interdisciplinary interaction.
The aim of the ECF is to integrate the existing and emerging Institute activities for early career researchers.
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