Athena Swan

Launched in June 2005, the Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM and promote good practice.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter encourages and recognises advancement of gender equality in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine), and has expanded to recognise work undertaken in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students 

All three institutions are committed to the aims and principles of Athena SWAN, with both Imperial College and UCL being amongst the first Universities to sign up to the scheme. Each institution currently holds an institutional level Athena SWAN Bronze or Silver award.

In order to maintain research excellence and stay competitive in an ever-changing field, it is crucial that the LCN is a supportive working environment conducive to career progression, and reaches as wide and diverse a talent pool as possible. Equality and diversity initiatives such as Athena Swan are crucial to achieving these aims and we are dedicated to ensuring the LCN is a place of equal opportunities for all. 

As part of the LCN's progress towards achieving an Athena SWAN award, an action plan (PDF) aimed at improving recruitment, retention and promotion of diversity among its staff, has been developed. The LCN has also created a dedicated LCN Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT), which was formed on a voluntary basis and currently has 12 members, with balanced representation across gender, age, academic positions and training, research disciplines and support staff.

A full list of SAT members can be found below:

Andrew Fisher
Director at LCN and Professor, LCN and UCL Physics & Astronomy

Rachel McKendry
Professor, LCN and UCL Division of Medicine, Director of EPSRC i-sense

Dorothy Duffy
Professor, LCN and UCL Physics and Astronomy

Andrew Green
Professor, LCN

Isabel Bennett
PhD Student, LCN and UCL Division of Medicine

Steve Bramwell
Professor, LCN and UCL Physics and Astronomy

Holly Hedgeland
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, LCN

Frank Kruger
Lecturer, LCN

Andrew Gormanly
Manager of Information Systems, LCN

Erin Manning
Communications Officer, EPSRC i-sense and Athena Swan Officer, LCN

Emma Grant
Departmental Manager, LCN

Tabasum Farzaneh
Business Development Manager, LCN



Should you wish to discuss, or contribute to the LCN Athena Swan Application, please contact LCN Athena Swan Officer Erin Manning