UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Athena Swan & EDI Team

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM employment in higher education and research.

Despite initiatives to inspire women to study and build careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), females are under-represented at senior level in academia across every scientific discipline. In 2015 three former departments of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC), which holds an Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to achieving gender equality in academia, diverged to form IHI. 

As a new institute we have a real opportunity to develop an organisational culture that proactively supports women. IHI is strongly committed to building upon its experiences of Athena SWAN and the Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award by embedding a truly inclusive culture as a core value of the Institute and upholding a philosophy of equal opportunities for women in a number of ways. Through its efforts to support women at work, the Institute fosters a proactive approach towards developing opportunities for promotion for women and increasing representation of women in senior leadership roles. We place high importance in supporting our talented female staff, and in helping them to maximise their career potential.  We encourage family-friendly flexible work patterns and employment schedules to ensure women in particular can progress in their careers while maintaining their childcare and other family commitments (for example, 100% of Institute-wide meetings were organised within the core hours of 10:00am-4:00pm in July-December 2015).

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team 

The EDI team, Chaired by Dr Laura Shallcross, Associate Professor in Public Health, comprises UCL Institute of Health Informatics male and female staff members from junior through to senior levels and students. The EDI meets monthly to develop and review actions in the action plan. 

EDI Team



Laura Shallcross (Chair)

Associate Professor in Public Health and undertook her PhD at UCL. She has taken two periods of maternity leave at UCL and has benefitted from flexible working pattern to enhance work-life balance.

Harry Hemingway

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Director of the Institute of Health Informatics and Research Director of HDR UK London. Harry feels strongly that the barriers for minority groups should be removed in STEMM, having gained insight into some of them as a husband to a scientist wife and father of four children.
Pietro BardiniJoined UCL in January 2019 as a teaching administrator associate. He graduated in Music Composition and works part-time to balance work and music commitments.
Nathan LeaSenior Research Associate in the area of eHealth and Information Governance for clinical research and practice.  PhD in Medical Informatics and MSc in Computer Science.  Particular interest in ongoing development of staff and student support, enabling them to flourish throughout their careers.
Chris Fuller Worked as a nurse in infectious disease for 10 years and joined UCL in 2003 as a Researcher/Trial Manager. Has an interest in developing personal tutoring for students and mentoring opportunities for staff.
Pippa Bark-WilliamsPrincipal teaching Fellow and Institute Graduate Tutor (Taught). Involved in healthcare education and research since 1999. Interested in staff and student support. Qualified UCL coach and have managed own life-work balance whilst raising a family and being a carer.
Natalie FitzpatrickData science facilitator since January 2015. Previously worked as research programme manager on an NIHR applied research programme grant. Employed part-time by UCL since 2006, has been able to work flexible hours which allows her to work around school pick-up time.  
Pablo Fernandez Medina Institute Manager since 2019 and UCL staff since 2013 with extensive experience as part of Athena Swan self-assessment teams in different Institutes at UCL. Having worked in education, finance, and HR within HEI he has a wealth of knowledge in operational matters and issues affecting Professional Services Staff. An open supporter and champion of LGBTQ+ equality within the IHI and the wider community.
Selina PatelHas been a PhD student in public health at UCL since 2017. Selina completed her MSc at LSHTM and previously worked in sexual health outreach. She is also a PhD ‘buddy’ for other students and her research interests are in antimicrobial use and resistance.
Paul Taylor Professor of Health Informatics, Deputy Director and Education Lead at UCL Institute of Health Informatics. He holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Medical Physics from UCL. Paul is married with children and is a strong supporter of the ten Athena Swan principles.
Haiyan Wu 

Joined UCL in 2018. Previously managed National Programmes at Bart's and The Royal London Medical School, Queen Mary University of London, and Public Health England. Haiyan looks after the operations and projects in the Health Data Research UK London Office. She is the SAT Project Manager supporting the SAT Chair in the Institute of Health Informatics. Whilst working full-time, Haiyan is studying a part-time postgraduate course at UCL.

Anna Aryee 
Ruth Agbakoba 
Dee Menezes 
Alexei Yavlinsky 
Alvina Lai 
Farha Ahmad 
Becky McCall