Although originally set up to tackle the issues of gender balance in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) subjects, the Athena SWAN programme has since broadened its remit. It now includes work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, not just barriers to progression that affect women, and works across the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law disciplines. In addition, UCL is committed to the Race Equality Charter mark which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.
To reflect these changes, in 2017 the Athena SWAN self-assessment team at the Institute changed their name to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team (EDIT). As well as gender equality, we cover issues such as BME representation, disability, bullying/harassment and LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Our current EDI team has a mix of professional services and academic staff (PS: 24%, Academic: 76%), gender (F: 71%, M: 29%), ethnicity (BME: 18%) and seniority - ranging from professor to doctoral student. We also have a group of IfWH Masters students who feed ideas and initiatives into the main team. EDI members have specific roles relating to our action plan commitments. We have maintained continuity with two members of the original team from 2012 (*); newer members have expanded the team's influence within and outside UCL.
Dr Suzy Buckley is co-lead of the EGA IfWH Athena SWAN EDIT and was promoted to Lecturer in 2013. She acts as the Graduate Research Adviser for the Institute where she promotes mentoring for postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Suzy is a single parent by choice with a toddler-aged son and relies upon flexible working hours to manage her childcare arrangements.
Prof Judith Stephenson is co-lead of the EGA IfWH Athena SWAN EDIT and the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health. She became a professor in 2005 and interim Director (job-share) of the EGA IfWH in 2016. Judith is married with four grown-up children.
Ms Christina Ahlfors* is a Senior HR Officer and has been with the EGA IfWH since 2008. She is also an active member of the organisation SWEA, which is aimed at supporting Swedish women working abroad. She is passionate about reading and writing fiction.
Dr Bola Grace is an Honorary Research & Teaching Fellow. She completed her PhD part time at the EGA Institute for Women's Health, where first joined the Athena Swan Team as a student member. Bola has been an active volunteer for youth clubs in her local community for many years. She enjoys working with and mentoring young people.
Dr Pascale Guillot joined EGA IfWH as a Senior Lecturer in 2014. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering women in leadership positions. She and her husband have a daughter at primary school and they live in the countryside with their animals.
Dr Jennifer Hall is a Principal Research Associate at EGA IfWH and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at UCLH. She is currently balancing working part-time with looking after her toddler. She is interested in supporting other junior academics through the tricky transition from PhD to post doc and beyond.
Ms Marcia Jacks* has been at UCL for 20 years and had a steady career progression before successfully applying for the post of Institute Manager in Women's Health in 2009. Marcia is divorced with 2 grown up children and one teenager and is a grandmother. Marcia has always been involved in equality issues and has throughout her time at UCL been engaged in the Race Equality Agenda as well as holding the role of Departmental Equality Opportunity Liaison Officer.
Dr Rajvinder Karda joined IfWH in 2017 as a Research Associate. She is passionate about improving mental health amongst staff members and students.
Dr Jackie Nicholls is an Associate Professor in healthcare law. She formally joined the IfWH in 2018 having previously chaired the Athena SWAN group in UCL's Institute of Health Informatics. As a clinician and lawyer she has a long-standing interest in equality and diversity issues particularly relating to mental health and disability.
Ms Jenny Rattray is the MBBS Module Manager at EGA IfWH. She is a supporter of access to the arts for disabled people; captioned and audio described performances of plays and art through words, where works in collections are described with the use of sound recordings or tactile aids.
Dr Dan Reisel is a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and an honorary research associate in Women's Cancer after joining the Institute in 2013. He is passionate about public engagement and is the co-founder of the charity BRCA Alliance and the creator of the UCL-sponsored, free online course Making Babies in the 21st Century.
Dr Rachel Sagar joined the EGA IfWH as a clinical research associate in Fetal Medicine in 2016. She is also studying part time for a PhD in prenatal stem cell therapy. She lives in Bristol with her husband and utilises flexible working hours to manage weekly commuting.
Miss Claudia Sisa is a PhD student in the Perinatal Brain Repair group at EGA IfWH. Claudia volunteered many years as children’s entertainer, and she is passionate about reading and sports.
Mr Sergio A. Silverio joined the Institute in 2018 as a Research Assistant in Qualitative Methods and is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He is especially interested in psychological health of both students and staff, and is particularly concerned with how we can make academia work for ‘non-traditional’ students.
Dr John Timms is a Reader in Cancer Proteomics. He joined the EGA IfWH in 2006 and was promoted from Lecturer to Reader in 2015. He is a father of two with a wife who also works as a scientist.
Mr Ian Waller is the Finance Manager for the EGA IfWH and joined UCL in April 2011. Ian is married, with a school aged step-daughter and a toddler-aged son. Flexible working has allowed Ian to share the childcare arrangements for his son, as well as sharing the school ‘run’ for his step-daughter.
Dr Alexey Zaikin holds a Chair of Computational Biomedicine and Applied Mathematics. It is a joint appointment between Institute for Women’s Health and Department of Mathematics. He had the unusual but satisfying experience of supervising a PhD student who completed her project over 7 years that included 3 periods of maternity leave. Alexey is married and has worked at UCL since 2008.