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Our Athena SWAN Award

In 2020, we successfully renewed our Athena SWAN Bronze Award – an award the Department has held since 2008.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, and was established by the Equality Challenge Unit to recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The Charter has since been expanded to cover additional disciplines and addresses gender equality more broadly. The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering currently holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing the careers of women in STEM.

The Department's Athena SWAN Self Assessment Committee (SAT) is currently working on its four-year action plan. The action plan is based around four key Priority Areas:

  • Strengthen the capacities and communication channels of the Athena Swan SAT
  • Adress the recruitment and retention of our female postgraduate research students 
  • Address key career transition points for academic and research staff
  • Change organisational culture and facilitate outreach

You can view the full action plan on the Department's Staff Intranet.

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The reason for the launch of our Female Futures initiative, and why this field needs organisations like Athena SWAN, is a stark under-representation of women in physics and engineering. A report by the Institute of Physics in 2018 found that only 1.9% of girls study A level Physics compared to 6.5% of boys, despite the fact that girls perform just as well as boys in the subject at GCSE.

In addition to Female Futures, our department therefore has a dedicated Athena SWAN committee, chaired by Dr Charlotte Hagen. As Charlotte explains: 

We strive for an equal representation on women and men in our subject area. We already regularly achieve a 50/50 gender balance on our courses, and our staff and students are 100% committed to promoting Physics and Engineering to female school students and early-career women who might not otherwise have considered these subjects as a career option. As a department, we're working very hard to spread the word — to girls and boys alike — about this exciting field of research and the many career routes a degree in Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering can lead to."

The Athena SWAN Committee meets every month to ensure that our departmental culture, processes and career support mechanisms take into account the particular needs of staff and students, both male and female, with childcare or other caring responsibilities. 

Athena SWAN Committee

Name 

Role 

Other roles 

Dr. Reem AhmadResearch FellowDeputy Chair of SAT

Dr. Andre Altmann 

MRC Senior Research Fellow 

 

Prof. Clare Elwell 

Professor and Faculty Vice Dean for Impact 

Female Futures co-lead 

Dr. Pilar Garcia Souto 

Principal Teaching Fellow 

 

Dr. Olivia Goodkin  

Senior Clinical Research Fellow 

 

Dr. Charlotte HagenRAEng Research FellowChair of SAT

Eve Hatten  

Teaching Lab Manager 

 

Prof. Jem Hebden 

Professor 

 

Dr. Henry Lancashire  

Lecturer 

EDI Committee Chair

Dr. Elly Martin  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Female Futures co-lead 

Dr. Charlotte Maughan Jones  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Female Futures co-lead 

Chris Mayhew  

PGT student 

 

Prof. Andy Nisbet 

Professor 

Head of Department 

Dr. Sacha Noimark  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Women@WEISS co-lead 

Zoë Öhman  

Communications & Marketing Manager 

Athena SWAN Support Officer 

Hab Salik  

Departmental Manager, DM 

 

Nayereh Seyedarabi  

Part-time PhD student 

 

Dr. Bradley Treeby  

EPSRC Senior Research Fellow 

 

Dr. Tijana Jevtic Vojinovic  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist 

Women@WEISS co-lead 

Dr. Rebecca Yerworth  

Principal Teaching Fellow