Athena SWAN Silver Award Logo

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

To view UCL's main Athena SWAN homepage, click here

IEHC Athena Swan Silver Application & Action Plan

The Institutes Athena SWAN Silver application and action plan can be found here

Self Assessment Team


Family Support

To view resources and policies specifically aimed at supporting families within the Institute, please click here

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 (t.charrier@ucl.ac.uk) should you require further information about this or any other Institute Athena Swan initiative.

Early Career Forum

The Early Career 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 Institute’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team – a PhD student (Lauren Bird) and two Research Associates (Bernardine Stegeman and Olga Vikhireva). The talks in 2013 focused on academic job search, authorship and publishing, and oral and poster presentations. Forthcoming events will address academic career planning and development, funding initiatives by the European Union such as Horizon 2020, and other topics which are highly relevant for students and individuals early in their career.

Another example is a fortnightly journal club in the Department of Infection and Population Health, organised by Jemma O’Connor, Research Assistant, a part-time PhD student, and a member of the IEHC Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. In the Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Kethakie Sumathipala, a PhD student, runs a monthly journal club for PhD students and early career researchers.

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 (iehc-ecf@ucl.ac.uk).

Athena Swan Flyer

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