Athena SWAN

The Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine enjoys continued success by attracting the best staff and students from around the world, and providing them with the challenges, support, and career development opportunities they need to thrive. We are committed to the principles set within the Athena SWAN charter and are very proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Level Award. We are continuously seeking to address gender imbalance and put in place initiatives to create a better working environment for both men and women. We are committed to the success of our staff and students, and strive to create an environment in which they can fully engage, develop and flourish.


On the 30th November 2017 we submitted NDM’s application for a renewal of our Silver Athena SWAN level award. We would like to thank everyone involved in the application process and our Athena SWAN work throughout the Department. We should hear the result of our application in a few months time. In the meantime, work has started on our Action Plan for the current Athena SWAN review period.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017 NDM Staff Survey. The results of the survey have been reported to the NDM Management Committee, and have provided us with an understanding of what initiatives have been successful and where further work may be required. Your feedback has been incorporated into the application for the renewal of the Athena SWAN Silver Level Award and underpins our action plan moving forward.

Policies and Practices

To view information about initiatives and policies where the Athena SWAN principles have been embedded in the day-to-day operations of the Department, please see the Working for NDM pages. From there you can access a wide breadth of pages with details on topics such as: flexible working, parents and carers policies, women in science and career profile podcasts, mentoring, careers sessions and resources, training and development.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU)  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 sustainable 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.

What does it mean to you?

We are continuously seeking to improve our policies and practices and embed equality in our day-to-day activities. We are currently working from our Silver Athena SWAN Award Action Plan to implement initiatives to enhance the department for all. Click on the additional links on the left hand side of this page for more information and guidance on our Athena SWAN work.

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.

Athena SWAN coordinator