UCL Division of Biosciences


Athena SWAN at Biosciences

The UCL Division of Biosciences has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing equality and diversity and career development.


Biosciences Athena Swan Silver Award

Self-Assessment Team

The Division of Biosciences Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team was established in January 2013 and meets regularly, with the aims of promoting equality and creating a supportive working environment for all staff in the Division of Biosciences. We promote good practice across the Division and strive to ensure a positive work/life balance for all staff and students.

Seirian Sumner, Professor of Behavioural Ecology (GEE) - Co-Chair
Amandine Maréchal, Senior Research Fellow (SMB) - Co-Chair
Suzy Adcock, Divisional Manager
Nadia Ali, Divisional Staffing Manager
Nazif Alic, Associate Professor (GEE)
Arantza Barrios, Associate Professor (CDB)
Aisha Ben-Younis, PhD Student (SMB)
Wendy Birch, Anatomy Lab Manager (CDB)
Frances Brodsky, Professor of Cell Biology (SMB)
Snezana Djordjevic, Professor and Head of Research Department (SMB)
Ryan Felice, Lecturer (CDB)
Talya Gobel, PhD Student (CDB)
Paola Oliveri, Professor of Developmental and Evolutionary Biology (GEE)
Christine Orengo, Professor of Bioinformatics (SMB) 
Tabitha Owen, Executive Assistant (SMB)
Alex Pigot, Research Fellow (GEE)
Toryn Poolman, Teaching Fellow (SMB)
Paola Vergani, Associate Professor (NPP)
Daniel Ward, Teaching Fellow (NPP)

    If you have any feedback or queries relating to Athena SWAN please contact Tabitha Owen, tabitha.owen@ucl.ac.uk.

    About Athena SWAN

    Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.

    It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice. UCL is committed to the aims of Athena SWAN and received the University wide bronze award in 2009 and silver award in 2015.
    Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Charter - Equality Challenge Unit


    The Division has its own mentoring scheme, designed to support the development of academic and professional staff.  This is in the process of being updated and relaunched.

    Athena SWAN Silver Award Dates

    Athena SWAN Silver Award application deadlines - November 2022 or April 2023