Athena SWAN

The Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine is committed to the success of its staff and students, and strives to create an environment in which they can fully engage, develop and flourish.

NDM achieves the Silver Award

We are very proud to hold the Silver Athena SWAN award. The award was formally presented to the Department by Professor Dame Julia Higgins at Queen Mary Undercroft, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on the 15th June 2015. It shows a real commitment by the Department as a whole, and a lot of hard work for all those who have been involved. This is a great result for the Department and demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement and the success of our staff and students.

NDM receives the Athena Swan Silver Award

Silver award application and action plan

Bronze award application and action plan

NDM Athena SWAN Communications Strategy


What is Athena SWAN?

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.

Why is it important?

The Athena SWAN application process enables departments to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women. Soon, Athena Swan accreditation at Silver award level will be necessary when making funding applications to the NIHR, and it is expected other funding bodies will follow suit.

Getting Involved

You can contribute ideas and feedback in a number of ways, including by contacting your local Athena SWAN Self-Assessment (ASSA) group, attending focus groups, completing surveys or by simply emailing the Athena SWAN Coordinator.