The Athena SWAN Charter
Recongising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.
ECU's 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 May 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The School is fully committed to the Charter and was awarded a Bronze award in March 2012.
Details of the Charter, the different types of awards, latest news, lists of award holders and good practice can be found on the Athena SWAN website.
- 25 May 2016 - Women in Health Lecture: Why women are central to conflict resolution and humanitarianism
Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS
- 23 April 2015 - Sex in science
Prof Eleftheria Zeggini, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Watch slide presentation.
10 March 2015 - Women in Science Lecture: From crisis to sustainable health: lessons from the Ebola outbreak
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General World Health Organization.
Listen to the lecture.
- February-April 2015 - What makes a "Woman in Science"? - A video produced for the School's Women in Science exhibition.
- 12 December 2014 - Juggling genes and identities
The first EPH Women in Science lunch time lecture series is kicked off by Prof Veronica van Heyningen, honorary Professor at UCL. Watch the event video
- 14 November 2014 - Survey results: what is it like to work in EPH?
- 27 October 2014 - Part-time work at LSHTM: rights, rules and practicalities
19 June 2014 - On the Sofa - the Path to Professor -
Joy Lawn interviews four academic leaders, including Helen Weiss and Charlotte Watts, to find out what lies behind a successful career. Watch the video
Perspectives from women scientists
"Although balancing the demands of being the parent of a young child with those of maintaining a career is challenging, there are several important aspects of life at LSHTM that have been essential in allowing me to do this. In particular, being entrusted with the flexibility to arrange my working hours to meet the needs of childcare [...] I feel very fortunate to have a number of colleagues who are at similar stages in their career with young children, and have found this support network invaluable for discussing and sharing ideas on how to manage work-life balance." Senior lecturer
"I have been very fortunate to benefit from one of the schemes introduced as part of our Faculty's commitment to Athena SWAN - a Career Re-Entry Fellowship for staff who have recently had a break due to caring responsibilities [...] I am confident that such support, along with the availability of flexible working means that I can manage a successful academic career and a happy home life." Lecturer
- School Self-Assessment Team (pdf)
- School Assessment Team Meetings 2015:
- School Assessment Team Meetings 2014:
- School Assessment Team Meeting January 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting April 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting June 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting August 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting September 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting October 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meeting November 2014 (pdf) intranet only
- School Assessment Team Meetings 2013:
- School Bronze Award Application 2014 (pdf)
- Epidemiology & Population Health (intranet)
- Infectious & Tropical Diseases
- Public Health & Policy (intranet)
Policies and resources
- Family friendly policies - including paternity leave, and flexible working arrangements
- Equality and diversity - policies and reports
- Counselling for staff
- Mothers in Science (pdf) published by the Royal Society
Illustrates graphically, that it is perfectly possible to combine a successful and fulfilling career in research science with motherhood, and that there are no rules about how to do this.