Athena Page

Athena @ LMCB

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.

UCL was one of the founding members of the Athena SWAN Charter, joining in 2005 and achieving its university-wide Bronze award in 2006. The Bronze award has been successfully renewed twice and the ambition is for UCL to achieve a university-wide Silver award within 2 years.

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 does the LMCB do this?

In 2009 we applied for and were awarded SILVER status, one of the first UCL Departments to be so in recognition of our existing good practice and plans for the future.
We are now working towards the much coveted GOLD status – a level of excellence held and renewed by only one University Department between 2007  and 2010, and only two Departments to date.  This level essentially demonstrates 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.

Work-Life Balance

On this web page , and on the notice board outside the tea room in the LMCB, we list useful links, articles, books and other resources that may be interesting and helpful.  The books can be borrowed from the LMCB Athena SWAN Coordinator.