UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Athena SWAN

The Athena Swan Charter aims to support gender equality within higher education and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. IoN celebrates the diversity of its staff, students and collaborators and pledges to promote equality of opportunities. We are strongly committed to the Athena SWAN scheme and to progress gender equality, and are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award.


Our guiding values are central to all the work we do:

our values

IoN Athena SWAN objectives

  • To identify and remove systemic and cultural barriers for career progression at IoN.
  • To implement change and increase representation at all levels of the IoN - particularly at the most senior levels, where women and minorities are underrepresented.
  • To give a voice to all and champions for the underrepresented.
  • Be an active voice of dissent against bullying and harassment of students and staff. 
  • Raise awareness and lobby to achieve fairness and equity of opportunities for all. 
  • To ensure all of our initiatives cover academic and professional & technical support staff employed at the IoN.
  • To ensure we amplify all voices and concerns.



celebrating people of ion

Our team

Meet IoN Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee.


Our achievements

Learn about the impact our Athena SWAN initiatives had in IoN.


Links and resources

Find information about equality, diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives at UCL and beyond.


Initiatives we support

Learn about IoN initiatives supporting Athena SWAN objectives, including: IoN mentoring scheme; Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave mentors; and Dignity at Work.


Women in Queen Square

Learn about the inspirational women, past and present, who have been fundamental to Queen Square's success.

Our team

Celebrating People of ION

Colleagues, students, and alumni that lead by example of kindness and work ethic and help make IoN such an inspiring and welcoming workplace. 


IoN Athena SWAN Lead

Prof. Nicholas Wood



IoN Athena SWAN Lead

Prof. Elizabeth Fisher



IoN Athena SWAN Project Manager

Dr. Ana Faro