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.


NDM Achieves Silver Renewal: We are absolutely delighted that NDM has successfully achieved the renewal of our Silver Level Athena SWAN Award, following the submission round in November 2017. We would like to thank everyone throughout the Department for their continued engagement, commitment and hard work. You can keep up to date on our action plan progress for the 2017-2021 review period here.

Athena SWAN Working Groups: We are very pleased to confirm that 2 of the 8 Athena SWAN Working Groups, which were established in 2018 to work on time-limited specific projects, have submitted their recommendations to the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT). The SAT met on 18th March 2019 to review the Working Group recommendations, and as a result action plans are being developed and implemented to address the key priority areas identified. Thank you to everyone who responded to the 2018 University Staff Experience Survey, as your responses have informed this evolving process. And thank you to all the members of the Working Teams who are working hard to help ensure we meet our Athena SWAN targets and improve the Department for all.

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