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Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Athena SWAN self-assessment team

Our department's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team works to drive forward the development and improvement of practical steps towards the advancement of equality. They are responsible for substantial self-analysis, and will strive to ensure that the principles of Athena SWAN are embedded throughout the culture of the Department.

The SAT works together with the Department’s Better Workplace Groups to enhance working life for all staff and students and to encourage engagement and inclusion

To date, the Group has achieved one Athena SWAN Bronze and two consecutive Athena SWAN Silver Awards. 

A comprehensive department action plan aims to:

  • Support and advance women's careers
  • Nurture a department culture that promotes sharing and cooperation, recognises achievements and supports work-life balance for all staff and researchers 
  • Encourage mentorship
  • Support new staff, ensuring they feel welcome and integrate quickly
  • Facilitate outreach.

The Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team is chaired by Professor Sue Ziebland with Dr James Sheppard and Professor Catherine Pope as deputies.

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

Download our Athena SWAN Action Plan (as of Nov 2020).

Download our Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award application (April 2017).

View the Athena SWAN SAT full terms of reference

Athena SWAN 'core' groupsGroup Lead
Personal development Kamal Mahtani
Workload allocation Stavros Petrou
Early & Mid-Career Researchers Catherine Pope
Data monitoring James Sheppard
Communications and engagement
(A cross-cutting group)
Nicola Small

Better Workplace and Equality and Diversity Groups

The Better Workplace and Equality and Diversity working groups support the broad aims of a 'better workplace' but are not strictly limited to the limit of the Athena SWAN Charter. We allow and encourage colleagues to identify areas of need and create and run working groups to tackle these areas. 


 Group Lead

 Senior Champion 

Better Workplace Working Groups:

Wellbeing Jessy Morton Catherine Pope
Green Impact Marta Santillo OR Charlotte Thompson-Grant John Powell

Space management /

Return to On-Site Work Taskforce

Rafael Perera Rafael Perera
Equality and Diversity Working Groups:
Family Friendly Vacant Richard McManus
Teaching Helen Salisbury TBC
DPhil Students Amelia Talbot and Lucy Goddard TBC

If you wish to join a group, contact the group lead.

Do you have an idea for a new group? Contact Elizabeth Woolliams.