Institute of Cellular Medicine

Athena SWAN Award

Athena Swan Silver Accreditation 2016

The Institute of Cellular Medicine has successfully renewed their Silver Athena SWAN Accreditation.

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The award recognises our commitment to address gender equalities. It represents efforts to tackle unequal representation of women in science.

‌‌The Institute of Cellular Medicine has successfully renewed their Silver Athena SWAN Accreditation to November 2019. Prof Simi Ali, who led the Institute’s efforts said of the news: "This is brilliant news and recognises our ongoing commitment to address gender equalities, to tackle unequal representation of women in science and our aim of improving career progression for female academics. As an institute, we are committed to providing a good working environment and developing all staff to their full potential. It is great to have all our efforts recognised."

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) 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), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.
 

It gives us the aim of improving career progression for female academics.

We are committed to providing a good working environment and developing all staff to their full potential.

We have worked to remove barriers to career progression through:

  • having supportive policies and working practices
  • targeted help, particularly to early career researchers
  • training, mentoring and coaching throughout all stages of academic careers 

In recognition of this, we have retained Athena SWAN Silver status.

This national award recognises our achievements in working towards career progression equality in:

  • science
  • technology
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • mathematics 

This level of award acknowledges significant and sustained progression in promoting gender equality.

Institute Athena SWAN submission documents

Athena Swan Silver Application 2016 (PDF: 5,084KB)

ICM Athena SWAN silver application (PDF: 825KB)
ICM Athena SWAN Silver action plan (PDF: 308KB)

Newcastle University gained the Athena SWAN Silver Award in April 2016.

The Athena Swan Silver logo.

Recognition

Professor Simi Ali, Professor of Immunobiology, is the Institute's Athena SWAN champion. She was selected as one of the Inspirational Women of the North East.

Professor Simi Ali

Simi featured alongside famous names including:

  • Catherine Cookson
  • Mo Mowlam
  • Dame Eleanor Allan
  • Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland
  • Newcastle undergraduate and polar explorer Bryony Balen

An exhibition at Hatton Gallery celebrated iconic women connected with the North East.

It increased awareness of women's contributions to the region and their diverse successes.

It was also to contribute to:

  • fostering regional pride
  • social cohesion
  • enhanced local identity 

in connection with women's achievements past, present and future.

Professor Simi Ali was selected as one of the Inspirational Women of the North East.

Dr Fiona Oakley

Dr Fiona Oakley

A delighted Dr Fiona Oakley, Reader in Fibrosis Biology, was invited to give a presentation at a prestigious event.

She presented 'My Career in Science' at a Women in Hepatology networking session.

She provided advice for budding researchers wishing to pursue an academic career in science.

She also discussed her career path from the perspective of a female academic.

Her talk was at the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) 2013 annual meeting.

Dr Fiona Oakley

Staff Profiles

Find out more about how our staff have been supported by our employment practices.

Self Assessment Team

We have an Athena Swan Self Assessment Team that addresses issues regarding equality within the Institute.

It is made up of: