Athena SWAN
Athena SWAN

Useful links

A range of websites provide information or discussion around equality and diversity issues, and are relevant to the work of Athena SWAN.

Athena SWAN

Athena Swan Charter-recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

The University of Edinburgh

Equality and Diversity in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Equality and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh

Meeting reports

In early 2014 Mohini Gray (a clinical academic in CIR) took part in the Aurora Leadership Programme, intended to develop women with the potential for leadership.

Relevant publications

It still appears that career progression for women does not work the same way as it does for men, e.g. the Equality Challenge Unit released a new report on Equality in Higher Education. Read the Guardian comment: “Equality Challenge Unit figures reveal a dismal picture for female academics with the continued dominance of men in the sector”

Tapping all our Talents: an RSE report into women in STEMM subjects

Equality Challenge Unit, Mentoring: progressing women’s careers in higher education

PNAS paper: Gender bias in recruitment in science, with associated blog posts/media coverage of the paper

Nature article, Career gaps: Maternity muddle, about maternity leave and the way it impacts on a career in research

Discover Magazine: Scientists, Your Gender Bias Is Showing

The Guardian: Women in science, you have nothing to fear but your own subconscious

The Guardian: Why women leave academia

Wellcome Trust study “Do Babies Matter?” cites more career hurdles for females than for male peers.

The number of male special advisors hugely outweighs woman

Gender Pay Gap  

What is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women at different work places (full reporting due by 1st April 2018).Unlike pay inequality, which compares the wages of men and women doing the same job, a gender pay gap at a company is not illegal, but could possibly reflect discrimination.


Leaning in: Go for it!

Talks and films

A Chemical Imbalance: a short film, a book, and ultimately a call for action, highlighting some of the obstacles still faced by women in STEMM and academia. Polly Arnold, from the University of Edinburgh Chemistry Department, has launched a video and a book she has put together to coincide with the tercentenary of the Chemistry Department and the Athena SWAN gold award to Chemistry. Polly has said: “Commissioned by the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award, /A Chemical Imbalance/ is a short film, a book, and ultimately a call for action, highlighting some of the obstacles still faced by women in STEMM and academia. With enough exposure we hope /A Chemical Imbalance/ can make a positive contribution to the way people consider gender, feminism and the challenges we all share in achieving equality.” Watch the film on the Chemical Imbalance Website.  


This short film on the Royal Society website explains unconscious bias in a helpful way; it really is an excellent introduction!   On 17th September 2015 a special event was organised by Martyn Pickersgill (Edinburgh Medical School) with presentations from two guest speakers Euan Adie (founder of and Paul Naish (publisher at Taylor & Francis). They introduced altmetrics and discussed how it can benefit academics. You can view their presentations Career Progression, Equality & the Role of Altmetrics here.  


In the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News compiled a video portraying 25 pioneering women of science.


The Physiological Society brings together over 3000 scientists working to understand biological systems. In July 2013 they held a three-part meeting on  "Women in Science" in Birmingham. The talks were titled “Why sponsoring and mentorship work”, “Juggling Balls – Family and Physiology” and “What glass ceiling?”. These talks are available both on the Physiological Society website and through YouTube.  


Wider connections: This beautiful video “In my lifetime” made by director Alison Ramsay shows the enormous progress made, and highlights what we already know, that Women Can Achieve Anything.

Women in STEM

Join the Sci-sisters network


Royal Society of Edinburgh TAPPING ALL OUR TALENTS open consultation. In 2012, over 70% of female STEM graduates in Scotland left the STEM career path after graduating; six years later – has anything changed 6 years on? Aiming to gain insight into the experiences of people working in STEM and the actions that are being taken to address gender equality, the "Tapping All Our Talents Review" would welcome responses from any interested individual or organisation to the questions in the report . Submissions are welcome from any interested individual or organisation by Friday 27 April 2018 and should be sent to


Established in 2006, Equate Scotland is the national expert in gender equality throughout the STEM sectors

Women in Medicine

Women in Medicine – A Future Assured

Views on female medics and part-time working


 Women in research (the page is publicly accessible, so you do not need a Facebook account to open it.)