Athena Swan

Athena @ LMCB

What is the Athena SWAN charter?

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter scheme recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science,
technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

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.http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/gender/athena_swan.php).

The LMCB is 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.

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. This award was renewed in 2012.

We seek to be working at a level recognised as GOLD status –
a level of excellence held and renewed by only a few University Department.  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 (Athena Work).

Work-Life Balance

On this web site (Athena Links), 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.