UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Athena Swan

The Institute of Ophthalmology holds a Silver Athena Swan award.

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We intend to attract and retain world-leading scientists to a gender-equal environmental conducive to career progression and the generation of life-changing advances in the field of eye and vision research. 

The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In 2015, the Charter expanded to include all people working in academic institutions, and all genders. 

The Institute has engaged with Athena Swan since 2011, aiming to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of our governance and culture. Our strategy rests on three pillars: (1) equality in leadership; (2) equality of career development; (3) supporting a collaborative culture. 

Key Achievements

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  • Increased the proportion of women on decision-making committees to 33%
  • Increased the proportion of women academics to 43%
  • Increased promotion rates for women academics to match men
  • Reduced the professorial pay gap from 28% in 2018 to 18% in 2020
  • Increased promotion rates for women postdoctoral researchers to match men
  • Increased networking opportunities and improved satisfaction with career support
  • Increased the proportion of staff who work flexibly to 96%

The Institute of Ophthalmology was recently awarded a Silver award. Please see the current application and action plan:

    Successful past applications