Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

We were delighted to receive a Bronze award in 2013 and are now working hard towards our application for a Silver award in 2015.

Helene Plun Favreau

"With our mentoring scheme, we aim to give women all the tools they need to reach their highest potential, so they can manage their work-life balance and find their own equilibrium."

Helene Plun-Favreau, Senior Lecturer Department of Molecular Neuroscience

Professor Hanna

The current culture in the Institute is inclusive. Teamwork is highly valued, individual strengths are recognized and celebrated, and there is a commitment to advancing the careers of everyone, regardless of gender or role. We aim to provide a family friendly environment where both women and men feel able to take the time they need for family.

Professor Mike Hanna, Institute Director

Achievements at the Institute of Neurology

The Institute has set up two mentoring schemes :
  1. All female academics are allocated either a clinical or non clinical mentor who will discuss academic promotion and other matters related to their career progression. This was in response to our 2012 survey (which had a 70% response rate)
  2. Maternity mentors for female academics planning to take maternity leave. This initiative was praised by the Athena SWAN panel.

Future plans

Athena SWAN is about making changes in the workplace to redress gender bias. To this end we are planning the following initiatives in 2014/15:
  1. A maternity room for new and expectant mothers in the current IoN building.
  2. A crèche to be included in the plans for the new IoN building.
  3. Equal gender balance on IoN executive committee.
  4. Address any unexplained gender balance change between application and short-listing phases for each IoN academic post advertised.


ION AthenaSWAN lead: Alex Leff
ION Mentoring lead: Helene Plun-Favreau

Page last modified on 03 oct 14 17:20