Centre for Inflammation Research

Athena SWAN Inspiring Women 2-Inspiring Everyone

May 2016: On the 31st May QMRI was host to the outstanding Athena SWAN Inspiring Women 2-Inspiring Everyone!

The keynote speakers (Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Linda Holliday and Tom Welton) gave wonderful talks on their astonishing careers, on the recent progress of the MRC and RCUK in enabling everyone to be eligible for grants, and about how improving equality and diversity is all about making your department ‘the best’. Career stories from Luke Boulter, Farhat Din, Mohini Gray, Emily Gwyer Findlay and Evi Theodoratou were amazing, open and honest and gave a real insight into challenges at various career stages. Cathy Abbott and Karen Chapman spoke about how the Edinburgh Clinical Medical School gained the Athena SWAN Silver Award; going forward, Susan Farrington and Carmel Moran have now taken over as Co-Chairs of the self-assessment team (SAT). The Award lasts for 3 years, so continued impact of policies in place is required for renewal.

The keynote lectures will soon be available on the Edinburgh Clinical Medical School Athena SWAN website.

Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM
  • professional and support staf
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestone
  • working environment for all staff

The conference was organised by the Athena SWAN Organisational Culture Self-Assessment Team (chair: Julia Dorin), and supported by the Deaneries of Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences. Thanks to all speakers and Professors Hilary Critchley and Nick Hastie for chairing.