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Athena swan

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health is the proud holder of a Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women.

What is Athena Swan? 

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme to recognise excellence in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). The Charter’s core principles are centred on the belief that women are underrepresented in STEMM, especially at higher levels, yet scientific research cannot achieve its full potential without the involvement of the whole science community. Athena SWAN aims to address the issues leading to a disproportionate loss of female scientists from STEMM, whilst encouraging and supporting the career progression of women in scientific institutions, by the encouragement of good working practices and seeking to remove some of the obstacles that discourage women from continuing careers in science.

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Members of the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health

What are we doing about it?

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health is seeking to address the issue of unequal representation of women within science by critically examining attitudes and working practices within the Department, and seeking to change them where they present a barrier to the career progression of female staff. The consequences of implementing Athena SWAN policies and values will have positive benefits for all staff, irrespective of gender. Our commitment to the Athena SWAN ideals was recognised by a Athena SWAN Bronze Award in September 2013, followed by a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award in October 2015. We have launched initiatives such as:

  • New communication channels (public website, internal email newsletter and intranet to improve information sharing and raise awareness of our achievements)
  • Mentor scheme for researchers 
  • Support for Clinical Lecturers and Research Scientists to apply for Fellowships
  • New induction programme to welcome, integrate and support new staff

Read more about the University of Oxford's participation in Athena SWAN.