UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Athena SWAN

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH) is committed to the principles and beliefs of the Athena SWAN charter. The Institute received a Silver Award from the Athena SWAN charter in November 2016 and a Gold award in 2020. This award celebrates the Institute's good practices in developing the careers of women in Science and Academic Medicine.

The Athena SWAN awards process enables departments and universities to develop an action plan  aimed at improving recruitment, retention and promotion of female academic and research staff. The awards also have important financial implications for research institutions, since in 2011 the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, indicated that from 2016 the National Institute for Health Research will only shortlist applications for Biomedical Research Centre status from institutions holding an Athena SWAN Silver Award.


The full Gold action plan was an integral part of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health’s successful application for a Gold Athena Swan award in 2020. It lays out areas identified for action to be taken between that submission and the next departmental Athena Swan application in 2025, their rationales, their time-frames and how they will be measured. All of these actions aim to improve gender and gender-intersectional equality at the institute for the benefit of all staff and students.

Since the full action plan is long and complex, this summary aims to provide a more accessible quick reference to the main objectives currently being pursued by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and focus groups. These are outlined on the first two pages, grouped into broad, colour-coded categories. The remaining pages expand on the specific actions proposed in connection with each objective.

This is a collective endeavour and involvement from staff and students is encouraged. Comments and suggestions from members of the institute on the objectives (or ways to achieve them) are always welcome, and can be sent to ICH.EDI@ucl.ac.uk.


The UCL President & Provost, the Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Director of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health explain the importance of the Athena SWAN Charter (video):