UCL Anthropology


Athena Swan

The department is committed to gender equality in ways that go beyond just equal representation of men and women in our staff and student body. Gender equality means both addressing gender beyond the binary and also taking account of the intersections between gender, race, class, sexuality.

We are currently working towards our Athena Swan Bronze in 2022.

What is Athena SWAN?

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEM and promote good practice. Athena SWAN was originally aimed at women's progression in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), and the majority of UCL STEMM departments hold Athena SWAN awards. From April 2015, it has been opened up to departments in Arts, Humanities, Social sciences, Business and Laws.

UCL-wide Gender-related resources, events and intiatives

Students & Staff:

If you have suffered from any form of sexual harassment or bullying, you can always get advice and report this to Report + Support.

  • Gender Equality Network

The GEN provides a means of sharing good practice, ideas and information across the university.

  • Male Allies Network

Engaging male allies in gender equality.

Professional Services Staff:

  • UCL Astrea

Astrea is UCL’s network for women in professional services. We meet regularly to learn new skills, hear inspiring career stories and build connections with women at all levels across UCL. It is open to all women, so whether you are at the early stages of your career, or are already well established, you will get something out of being part of the network.

Academic Staff:

  • UCL Women

UCL Women is a grassroots networking and social organization for academic staff (PhD students, postdocs and academics) at UCL. We started out as a STEM group, but now we gladly welcome women from all academic disciplines at UCL.

Students & Staff:

  • UCL Women Leadership

UCL Women in Leadership making a difference. Leadership that is Real & Relational, Encouraging Excellence, Aspiring & Ambitious, Lifts & Learns. (Twitter Page).

  • UCL Menopause Network

UCL menopause support network.

(Meno) Pause for Thought – Menopause Network Coffee Mornings

Family Friendly

We recognise that caring responsibilities form a large part of many people’s lives and we aim to support that. The EDI team at the Anthropology  department is committed to promoting a healthy work/life balance.

We recognise that this is even more pressing an issue during Covid-19. Below are some useful links regarding support UCL offers at this time to carers and those with caring responsibilities.