UCL Institute of Neurology


Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

We are delighted to have received a Silver award in October 2015:
UCL press release

Dr Helene Plun-Favreau, IoN mentoring lead

Dr Helene Plun-Favreau, IoN mentoring lead

"With our mentoring scheme, we aim to give women all the tools they need to reach their highest potential, so they can manage their work-life balance and find their own equilibrium"

Professor Michael Hanna, Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology

Professor Michael Hanna, Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology

"The current culture in the Institute is inclusive. Teamwork is highly valued, individual strengths are recognized and celebrated, and there is a commitment to advancing the careers of everyone, regardless of gender or role. We aim to provide a family friendly environment where both women and men feel able to take the time they need for family."

Achievements at the Institute of Neurology

IoN Mentoring Scheme
Maternity mentors
Maternity room
Making promotion and pay progression part of appraisal
Male:Female imbalance on the IoN Executive Committee

Future plans

Athena SWAN is about making changes in the workplace to redress gender bias. As well as our ongoing initiatives detailed above, we are planning the following:

  1. A crèche to be included in the plans for the new IoN building.
  2. A two-stage expansion of the mentoring scheme to first include all female academics, then all males.
  3. Make sure our initiatives cover non-academic staff employed at the IoN


ION AthenaSWAN lead: Alex Leff a.leff@ucl.ac.uk

ION Mentoring lead: Helene Plun-Favreau h.plun-favreau@ucl.ac.uk