Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Female Futures

Female Futures is an initiative to support and advance the careers of women in STEM. We provide events and resources to foster an open, transparent and collaborative environment in the department.

Women in the department

The Female Futures initiative is driven by researchers and academics in the department. As we aim to encourage more girls and young women to choose STEM paths, it is important for us to highlight the work that our female academics are currently doing.
These are just a few of them:

Clare Elwell

Professor Clare Elwell is a Female Futures committee member and an academic in the department. Learn more about Clare's award-winning research and work to inspire girls and women in STEM.

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Dr Charlotte Maughan Jones is a Female Futures committee member and a researcher in the department. Learn more about how she went from being a vet to a medical physicist, and completed her PhD shortly after becoming a parent.

Elly Martin

Dr Elly Martin is a Female Futures committee member and a researcher in the department. Learn more about Elly's work in the Biomedical Ultrasound Group.


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Professor Maria Hawkins is an academic in radiation oncology, working with UCLH's new Proton Beam Therapy Centre. Find her on UCL IRIS.

Lynsey Duffell

Dr Lynsey Duffell is an academic in the department working on neuromodulation. Find her on UCL IRIS.

Gemma Bale

Dr Gemma Bale is a researcher in the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory. Learn more about her life in the Department and her recent British Science Association Media Fellowship.


    Our events

    cake and connections november 2019
    Female Futures runs regular events each academic year, including the monthly Cake and Connections. These events are open to staff and students across the department, to meet and network. Our next Cake and Connections will take place Thursday 28th November, 12:00–14:00 in room 2.14 of Malet Place Engineering Building.

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    The Departmental Forum is a monthly seminar series that connects the department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, with fast-talks each month revolving around a specific theme. This month, Female Futures hosts the Forum, with speakers Dr Charlotte Hagen and Dr Jennifer Griffiths to give the audience an insight into their research and their careers. The Forum will take place on Monday 25th November at 13:00–14:00 in room 1.04 of Malet Place Engineering Building.

    Athena SWAN and Women in STEM

    The Athena SWAN Charter 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.

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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 Professor Jem Hebden. As Jem explains: 

    We are keen to change those numbers. We strive for, and 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. I am incredibly proud of this diverse, welcoming department and of the staff and students working so 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.

    Department Athena SWAN Committee

    Jem Hebden (Chair) 
    Charlotte Hagen (Deputy Chair)
    Andre Altmann 
    Gemma Bale
    Clare Elwell
    Pilar Garcia Souto
    Olivia Goodkin
    Tracy Pearmain
    Hab Salik
    Rebecca Yerworth

    Eve Hatten
    Henry Lancashire
    Kate Litwinczuk
    Elly Martin
    Charlotte Maughan Jones
    Mohini Nair
    Andrew Nisbet
    Zoë Öhman
    Nayereh Seyadarabi
    Brad Treeby