The Athena SWAN Charter and Awards enable organisations to demonstrate their commitment to, and progress on, equality and diversity by recognising advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all. MDR is committed to promoting equality for all within the workplace and creating a diverse, inclusive and supportive working environment for all staff and students through its Athena SWAN programme. We currently hold an Athena SWAN Silver award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognises the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction holds an interim Silver Athena SWAN Award based on the previously constituted units of the Department holding Silver Awards:

Department of Medicine, Silver Athena SWAN Award 2018

Department of Surgery and Cancer, Silver Athena SWAN Award 2018

The Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction is currently going through its own Silver application. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion events and activities


Black Lives Matter in Science and Medicine

The Department recently ran an event called Black Lives Matter in Science and Medicine led by Dr Stanley Andrisse, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins and Howard Universities. Watch a recording of the event

Find out about other Imperial College EDI events.

Support for PTO staff

The Department and College have a number of initiatives to support PTO staff:

Imperial Technicians' Network

The Imperial Technicians' Network is for all technical staff and aims to build links, explore areas of common ground and highlight opportunities for personal and professional development. It encourages an exchange of resources, knowledge, and experience through a regular newsletter and events for technical staff.

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The Department offers a mentoring scheme for all staff regardless of level.  Recently there was a drive to increase awareness of this scheme and going forward to increase the uptake by PTO level staff.  This also links in to supporting PTO staff in obtaining experience and gaining skills in other areas of the Department, Faculty, wider College and externally through secondments.

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