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UCL departments celebrate Athena SWAN successes

18 May 2020

Six UCL departments successfully applied for Athena SWAN awards: Computer Sciences, Institute of Education (IOE), Institute of Neurology, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB), School of Management and Statistical Sciences.

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The LMCB successfully retained its Gold level award, highlighting the sustained impact and beaconing activities that have been undertaken by the department. Sophie Acton, co-chair of the self-assessment team (SAT) that oversaw the application said “We are particularly proud to have achieved this award as it reflects a genuine commitment to supporting staff to realise their potential

The IOE and the School of Management both secured their first Athena SWAN awards. Phil Jones, and Sue Rogers, co-chairs of the IOE SAT said “
This Award is a testament to collaboration: with our Self-Assessment Team creating a range of activities to gather and interrogate quantitative data as well as offering focus groups, interviews, surveys and a 'gallery' where our Action Plan for change could be reviewed. We were able to consult and engage academic and professional staff along with students from across the Institute. The work allowed us, as a community, to identify and consider a broad range of equality and inclusion issues and to plan for change.

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Sara Mole, Provost Envoy for Gender Equality, said: “We are very pleased to see the sustained effort and work being undertaken across departments to embed gender equality and #simplygoodpractice for all staff and students. Our thanks to colleagues within departments and the central Athena SWAN team for making this happen. We are proud of the first renewal of Gold at UCL and the continued excellence this demonstrates. We are particularly proud of the successes of the IoE and the School of Management, which show the commitment of our arts, humanities and social sciences departments to gender equality. This effort reflects UCL’s ambition that every department secures an award.” 


In addition to the institutional Silver level award, there are currently two Gold, 13 Silver and 24 Bronze Athena SWAN award holding departments across UCL - the highest number of any higher educational institution in the country.