Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

What we do

'The School of Medicine and Dentistry is genuinely committed to equality throughout the organisation, nurturing the best talent regardless of gender. It's about giving equal opportunity to everyone. '
Professor Steve Thornton, Vice Principal (Health).

The School of Medicine is currently developing a programme of actions to advance gender equality within the School. A full list of initiatives is present in our action plan but highlights are below. Please contact Laura Simpson for information on any of the following at

Training opportunities

We are working with QMUL CPD to bring together a number of tailored training opportunities for staff, in addition to the existing training that CPD offer:

Senior Academic Women's Development Programme

Peer mentoring schemes in development

Leadership Training for female staff

Unconscious Bias training

Networking opportunities

Senior Academic Women's Network

Institute forums

Postdoc forums

School membership to HEaTed (the UK's leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for all disciplines of the technical workforce)

Professional/Technical/Operational Staff Working Group


Policy change

Core hours meetings

Trialing new working structures for research staff

Embedding Athena SWAN into key decision-making bodies

Influencing and advising on QWUL HR policy

Visible female role models

Gender balancing of seminar and conference speakers 

Working Parents

SMD parent networks and parent returner lunches