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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Gender Equality

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is proud to hold Silver Athena SWAN Awards for both Medicine and Dentistry

Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) is a charter established 2005, that recognises and celebrates good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.


Key facts about Athena SWAN in the SMD: 

  • The most recent School of Medicine award submission (2017) received a Silver Award. It emcompassed the following institutes: BCI, Blizard, IHSE, WHRI, Wolfson. Download the dcoument here Silver Athena SWAN document [PDF 6,086KB]
  • The Institute of Dentistry submits a separate award submission to Medicine. Dentistry received it's own Silver Award in 2018. Download the document here Institute of Dentistry 2018 Silver Award [PDF 2,600KB]
  • The next School of Medicine award submission is due in 2022, and Dentistry is due in 2023. 
  • Each award submission is compiled by a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) comprising a diverse mix of academic and professional staff, and UG and PG students. 
  • The School of Medicine SAT Chair is Professor Chloe Orkin. Professor Orkin has been a Consultant HIV Physician at the Royal London Hospital for the last 16 years. Her clinical duties include running a busy HIV and HIV/HCV research unit, as well as being the current chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), and Vice President of the Medical Women’s Federation. 
  • The Institute of Dentistry SAT Chair is Dr Aylin Baysan, Reader in Cariology in relation to Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID), Honorary Specialist in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics with Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Both SATs are supported by an Athena SWAN Coordinator, Laura Simpson , and an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Data Officer, Im Hussain

What we have achieved so far: 

To find out more about Athena SWAN in the SMD and what we do, join the Athena SWAN Staff Network on Microsoft Teams.  Details will be available here soon.

Some examples of our initiatives are below: 

  • Implementation of Queen Mary wide policy, such as the new Menopause Policy and Fertility Treatment Policy. 
  • Networking opportunities and mentoring schemes for female staff
  • Promotions network for female academic staff, providing peer to peer workshops and promotions resources and information. 
  • CEA workshops and mentoring
  • More visible female role models around the campus. 
  • Improved quality of staff and student data.
  • EDI/Athena SWAN standing agenda item on all senior board meetings
  • All major panels relating to academic promtion, staff bonus scheme or the REF are observed by a senior EDI represenatative
  • All recruitment panels must meet gender targets and recruiting staff must attend unconscious bias training sessions
  • Improved communications to staff via newsletters, emails, social media and plasmas screens. 


The 10 Athena SWAN Principles

The School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to the the Athena SWAN Principles. Further information can be found here on the Advance HE webpages