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SAT and Working Groups

Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and Working Groups

The Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is a group of individuals from across NDM who meet once a term and are tasked with furthering our Athena SWAN work, driving change and promoting equality and diversity across the Department.

Restructure from ASSA team to SAT

During 2010 we established 5 Athena SWAN Self-Assessment (ASSA) teams, one in each of the main administrative units within the department. On the basis of a consultation in 2015, the groups were merged into one team during the early part of 2018. This was done, in part, as a centralised Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) aids with consistency of approach across NDM and supports target directed action, whilst representation from each of the key Units ensure that we maintain sensitivity to the needs of individual Units. The restructure also provided us with the opportunity to ensure gender balance on the panel. To engage key individuals with the appropriate skills and knowledge to maintain good progress on specific time-limited projects and maintain breadth and depth of involvement of staff and students across NDM a formalised structure of working groups were established for specific projects, reporting into the SAT.

NDM Working Group and SAT Policy (March 2018)

What is the role of the SAT?

The SAT’s primary purpose is to aid the Athena SWAN initiative by contributing to the action plan process and ensuring its implementation. To ensure a broad range of experiences and knowledge are drawn upon, NDM’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is gender balanced, has representatives from each of the key administrative Units of NDM, a student representative and individuals from a range of staff types and career levels.  The Working Groups report to the SAT, making recommendations and proposing action. The SAT meets termly, and reports to the Senior Management Committee within NDM, who provide strategic direction. The membership of the SAT will be reviewed on an annual basis, ensuring workload of it’s members is considered and representation remains diverse.

NDM Athena SWAN SAT
Azim AnsariAzim AnsariExp Medicine Carla WrightCarla WrightExp Med
Ed GibbsEd GibbsTrop Med
Fraydoon RastinjadFraydoon RastinjadNDM RB/BDI/TDI Sue WilsonSue WilsonWHG David BartleDavid BartleWHG
Thea PerryThea PerryWHG Pedro Moura AlvesPedro Moura AlvesWHG Claire WorlandClaire WorlandAthena SWAN

What is the role of the Working Groups?

As a part of the Athena SWAN assessment process, an Action Plan has been developed, and key projects identified. 8 Working Groups have been established in the first instance to investigate the areas under review and propose forward action. The Working Groups report to the SAT.

2018 Structure of the SAT and Working Groups

SAT and working groups structure 2018

Express your views and provide feedback

Consultation with the members of the Department will continue to be conducted through surveys, focus groups, target-orientated interviews, committees, student open information sessions, and working groups. We will continue to adapt our current initiatives and develop new ones on the basis of the feedback received, and our surveys will be targeted to inform our understanding of the issues under review during each year. We would urge you to provide your feedback and inform our initiatives by completing the Staff and Student Surveys. The results from these surveys also provide us with essential data for our Athena SWAN application, which is renewed as Awards expire every 5 years.

We have a dedicated e-mail for you to share your views and ideas. Circulars and notices will continue to be used to communicate Athena SWAN activity with staff and students throughout the process; in the form of a termly newsletter, e-mails, posters, leaflets, and table-top signs in each communal or canteen areas.

We will continue to provide updates, guidance, links to resources, information and seek feedback on these dedicated Working for NDM and Athena SWAN website pages.

Strategic Direction

Professor Richard Cornall, Head of Department
Darren Nash, Associate Head of Department (Academic Support and Finance)

Support for SAT and Working Groups

Elena McPhilbin, NDM Head of Human Resources

Claire Worland, NDM Athena SWAN Coordinator