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
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- IEHC Athena Swan Silver Application & Action Plan
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- Self Assessment Team
- Family Support
The below information is not exhaustive, so if you cannot find what you are looking for please email Terri Goody 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.
A comprehensive set of FAQs in relation to maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave can be found here.
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.
Useful information for those contemplating breastfeeding at work (including breast milk storage, private accommodation and flexible working options).
Rest rooms for New and Expectant Mothers can be found here
See here for information on the UCL tax efficient ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme for members of staff with children at the UCL Daytime Nursery (contact details for the Day Nursery can be found here).
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
The Appraisal Aide Memoir can be downloaded here.
The Institute have launched a Mentoring Programme for all groups of staff utilising the UCL uMentor platform – please click here to register: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/osd/coaching/mentoring.php
Please feel free to contact Terri Charrier (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you require further information about this or any other Institute Athena Swan initiative.
- Early Career 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.
One of the examples is a series of monthly talks for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, which was launched at the Epidemiology and Public Health Department in July 2013, with the support of colleagues from the Departments of Applied Health Research, Infection and Population Health, and Primary Care and Population Health. These seminars are currently run by the members of the ECF, whose membership includes PhD students and Research Staff. In February 2015 the ECF organised a one-day seminar “Get your career going!” with presentation topics including teaching in higher education, how to transfer skills, and careers in policy-making.
The ECF has organised roughly 20 seminars since 2013 (full list is below). Seminars and workshops have focused on academic job search, authorship and publishing, patient and public involvement in research, using social media in research (including film), how best PhD students can prepare for their viva, and oral and poster presentations. Forthcoming events will address academic career planning and development, mixed methods research, literature and systematic reviews, and other topics which are highly relevant for students and individuals early in their career.
Another example is a monthly PhD and junior researcher journal club, organised by Sungano Chigogora and Elisa Pineda, facilitated by Panos Demakakos, a senior member of staff at IEHC. This group meets in an informal setting to critically evaluate recent articles in epidemiology and public health.
If you would like to participate in the ECF activities, share the information about the events at your Department, or suggest topics for future seminars, please get in touch via email (email@example.com). The ECF twitter handle is @IEHC_ECF.
IEHC Early Career Forum seminars / workshops
N Date Venue Speaker Topic 1 19/07/12013 EPH
Dr Nicola Shelton,
Senior Lecturer, EPH
Getting your first job in academia: why you are the right person for the job, and why the job is the right job for you? 2 22/08/2013 EPH
Dr Henry Potts,
Senior Lecturer, CHIME
Negotiating authorship. Who should be a co-author on my paper? When should I be a co-author on another’s paper? And how do I then capitalise on my contribution? 3 26/09/2013 EPH ECF Leads ECF introduction for new PhD students (part of the PhD Induction) 4 16/10/2013 EPH Dr Bernardine Stegeman, Research Associate, EPH Mastering oral presentations: learn from my mistakes 5 26/11/2013 EPH Gemma Archer, Baowen Xue, PhD students, EPH Poster presentations (part of the preparation for the EPH Open Day/poster competition on 09/01/2014) 6 22/01/2014 EPH Dr Kathy Barrett, Careers Consultant and Deputy Head, UCL Careers Finding and funding a post-doc position 7 26/02/2014 EPH Gosia Kielbasa, European Contracts Manager, UCL European Research and Innovation Office Individual funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 8 27/03/2014 EPH Teaching Panel (IEHC staff members and PhD students) Time to teach: from taking off to thriving 9 30/04/2014 EPH Career Trajectory Panel (IEHC staff members) Versatile career trajectories in academia: no such thing as one path? 10 04/06/2014 Royal Free Dr Richard Freeman, Programme leader for Researcher Development, Institute of Education The importance of Networking in Research Posts 11 17/01/2014 EPH Dr Bernardine Stegeman, Research Associate, EPH; Jemma O’Connor, Research Assistant/PhD Student, IPH; Lauren Bird, PhD Student, EPH Organizing and writing: top tips for long documents 12 27/08/2014 EPH Dr Ernesto Laval, Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Education Data visualisation – A different way to “see” what data tells us 13 22/10/2014 Royal Free Dr Colette Smith, Lecturer in Biostatistics, IPH Peer reviewing papers 14 26/11/2014 EPH Sungano Chigogora, Gemma Archer, PhD Students, EPH Poster Presentations 15 21/01/2015 Cruciform Alison Rooper, independent film maker and Robert Eagle, UCL's multimedia producer
Using film to build research impact:
A practical guide to getting a wider audience for your research
16 19/2/2015 Kennedy lecture theatre One-day workshop “Get your career going!” 17 27/5/2015 Drayton Rosamund Yu (Joint Research Office, UCL PPI manager) Actively involving patients and the public in research (Patient and Public Involvement) 18 15/7/2015 EPH Ewan Carr How to prepare your viva 19 29/10/2015 EPH Sungano Chigogora Poster Presentations 20 17/11/2015 TBC Sonali Wayal Literature searches and use of PICO criteria in research
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