Athena @ LMCB
In 2009, the MRC LMCB was amongst the first UCL Departments
to be awarded SILVER status under the Athena SWAN scheme , and the first for the MRC.
What is the Athena SWAN charter?
Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter scheme recognises and celebrates good employment
practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher
education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and
progression of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and to
promote good practice.
Why is the LMCB committed to Athena SWAN principles?
The LMCB aims to provide an environment that encourages
scientific excellence. It recognises that implementation of good practice
benefits the Department and all who work there, and that there will be many
ways to enable its scientists to achieve their best so that they flourish,
excel and so participate fully. By being an excellent place to work, the LMCB
will attract the best and, in turn, release the best to continue their work
elsewhere, and to spread this good practice.
How is the LMCB chartering for Gold award?
A 'Self Assessment Team' made up of individuals from the
LMCB monitors life within the LMCB in terms of all issues relating to the
Athena SWAN project. Existing good practice is recognised and changes are made
where they extend our good practice. We
are working to ensure a cultural shift in attitudes and working practices so
that good practice is the norm. This
high level of working takes time to embed and we expect to be making
improvements over many years to come.
The Athena Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for Gold charter:
Coordinator - Group Leader Dr Sara Mole; Group Leader (Dr
Rob de Bruin), two representatives of the postdoctoral staff (Dr Cristina
Azevedo , Dr Joe Grove) and two representatives of the PhD students (Kathleen
Web and Thomas Livermore), the LMCB Senior Administrator Claire Hebblethwaite,
and the LMCB Director, Prof Mark Marsh.
Questionnaires for Gold charter