We are committed to reviewing and improving the working culture of the Department, and ensuring development and opportunities are available to all staff. This work is driven by the Development and Opportunities Committee, chaired by Dr Jane Saffell and supported by a structure of working groups who represent staff and students.
You can find out more about each group and the projects they are working on below. Each committee has representation across divisions and campuses. To feed your views back please contact the relevant member, or the Chair of the committee. Details of membership and minutes can be found below.
Each group meets once each term, with ad hoc sessions as necessary. Membership of a committee, panel or group is an excellent way to develop skills, expand networks and contribute to the aims, operations and development of the Department and College. If you are interested in joining a group then please contact the Chair.
DoM Development and Opportunities Committee
The role of the Development and Opportunities Committee (DOC) is to monitor and advise on aspects of department life relating to culture and organisation, with the aim of developing an environment where all members can flourish and reach their potential.
The DOC is made up of the chairs of the staff and student working groups, making it easy to feed back ideas and initiatives, garner support, and share best practice. The DOC also provides a conduit to the Departmental management board which provides a mechanism to influence Departmental policy, and ensures that staff and students have a voice in the decisions that are made.
Within this remit the DOC has overarching responsibility for Equality and Diversity in the Department, and is the driving force behind seeking external accreditation, sush as with Athena SWAN.
If you have any suggestions or questions about the Development and Opportunities Committee (or Athena SWAN), or would like to get involved, please contact the Chair of the DOC, Dr Jane Saffell (see sidebar for details).
DoM Early Career Working Group
The Early Career Working Group is made up of PhD students, including Clinical Research Fellows, postdoctoral staff, career development fellows and Clinical Lecturers. It advises the Development & Opportunities Committee (DOC) on matters of departmental culture and organisation related to career development and environment, with a particular focus on career pathways.
The group has strong links with the Postdoc Development Centres local reps to ensure flow of communication and allow easy collaboration on events.
We are currently seeking to appoint two co-chairs to the group, one clinical and one non-clinical. If you are interested then please write to Dr Jane Saffell (email@example.com) outlining your reasons for applying and the skills you would bring to the role.
The Early Career Working Group has responsibility for a number of recurring initiatives:
Postdoc Career Symposium
The ECWG organise an annual symposium with speakers covering a range of subjects including grantsmanship, publishing well, and career planning. Below are links to some of the information from the sessions in the 2015 event.
- Life after academia - Symposium panellist Elizabeth Moylan reflects on moving into publishing
- Dr Isaiah Hankel, Webinar speaker from Cheeky Scientist
- Biomed Central Guest Blog on postdoc career
- MRC Career Framework Tool
- MRC Fellowships Page
Postdoc Travel Award Scheme
The ECC has funding to allocate to postdocs for the purposes of attending conferences. The awards are open to all postdocs and academic research fellows in the Department of Medicine, applications from researchers who need assistance with extraordinary costs, such as childcare, are particularly encouraged.
For further information and to make an application please download the ECC Postdoctoral Awards (doc) form.
The scheme is not currently open to PhD students, however the Department also runs a PhD Travel Scheme. For more information on that scheme please contact Hayley Kendall-Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professional, Technical and Operational (PTO) Working Group
The PTO Working Group focuses specifically on professional and technical staff in the Department, looking at communication, recognition, training and development, and opportunities.
Initiatives that the group has organised so far include hosting an HR Showcase at Hammersmith, a DoM Lowdown event to give PTO staff insight into how the Department runs, a programme of social events to facilitate communication with our internal partners, and training sessions at the Hammersmith campus. All of this was in response to the PTO staff survey, so please keep contributing your views and ideas.
The PTO Working Group is currently chaired by Cathy Tupman (email@example.com).
Academic Staff Working Group
This group is focused on the experience of academic staff working in the Department. It is made up of clinical and non-clinical academic staff, and senior fellows. The group has elected to look in depth at the expectations of academic staff, development and promotions, internal partnerships, infrastructure, and equality and diversity.
The Academic Staff Working Group is currently chaired by Dr Jane Saffell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
The Athena SWAN SAT is specifically focused on preparing applications for Athena SWAN awards. The team will request and analyse data, and will identify trends that may need further investigation. Where this process highlights a specific concern, the SAT will pass queries to the DOC working groups to explore in more detail. While the Athena SWAN charter is focused on women working in Higher Education, the team will look at a range of diversity data in pursuit of providing equality of opportunity for all staff and students.
Membership and minutes
This area will be updated with membership and minutes as soon as possible. In the meantime please contact the relevant working group chair or Jane Saffell if you have feedback, ideas or questions.