Barts & The London - Institute of Dentistry

About Athena SWAN

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The AdvanceHE (formerly Equality Challenge Unit) Athena SWAN Charter recognises the efforts and impact of gender equality iniatives in higher education institutions.

Because of the size of our department, the Medical School and Dental School submit seperate applications for the Athena SWAN Charter. The Medical School successfully received its second Silver Award in April 2018. The School of Dentistry currently holds a bronze award and is in the process of applying for Silver. For more information, please contact Laura Simpson, School of Medicine and Dentistry's Athena SWAN Coordinator.

We are committed to the 10 Athena SWAN Principles:

1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.

2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.

3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:

  • the relative underrepresentation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL)
  • the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)

4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.

5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.

6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.

7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.

8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.

9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.

10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.