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.

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

Self-Assessment Team (SAT) Membership
IoN Mentoring Scheme
Maternity, paternity and adoption leave mentors
Maternity room
Making promotion and pay progression part of appraisal

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. An ongoing expansion of the mentoring scheme, with the eventual aim of offering mentoring to all categories of staff, regardless of gender.
  3. To address gender inequality on all IoN committees, including the IoN Executive Committee.
  4. To increase completion rate of all mandatory training for IoN staff, including Diversity training
  5. To ensure that all of our initiatives cover non-academic staff employed at the IoN.


ION AthenaSWAN leads: Selina Wray selina.wray@ucl.ac.uk and Helene Plun-Favreau h.plun-favreau@ucl.ac.uk

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