The Academic Centre for Medical Education (ACME) at UCL Medical School is well-known for research on the effects of gender and ethnicity on attainment in medicine. As an organisation we hope we practice what we preach, and create an environment in which women fulfil their academic potential.
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.
The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:
- The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe
- It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area
- Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords
Any higher education institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership. UCL is already a member and this year UCLMS is applying for the Silver award, as recognition and celebration of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM in higher education. A self-assessment team led by Kath Woolf and Jayne Kavanagh is currently gathering evidence on UCLMS policies and culture. The work is wide-ranging covering selection of undergraduates into UCLMS, support for female medical students in pursuing an academic interest in Medical Education, recruitment of research staff and Clinical Teaching Fellows, and support for senior staff at key career transition points.
This is an opportunity to celebrate good practice and identify areas for improvement, and a comprehensive action plan will be drawn up by the self-assessment team which will form part of the Athena SWAN Silver Award submission.
Please contribute to this important project by assisting the team in gathering evidence. A staff survey will be going out in the near future and your responses are essential both to the Silver Award application, and the wider review of the culture within our organisation.