School of Biomedical Sciences

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN


We're committed to providing an equal and fair working and learning environment. In recognition of this, we were awarded Athena SWAN Bronze status in October 2015.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is applying for Athena Swan Silver status in the summer.

In 2016, Newcastle University was recognised for its good employment practice and promotion of women in STEM subjects, with an Athena SWAN silver award. Find out more about Athena SWAN at Newcastle University

Also see the University's student maternity and student parents policy (PDF: 197 KB) and visit the University's student parent website and mature student website.

The Athena SWAN Charter is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit. The Unit is an advocate for equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education. 

Self Assessment Team

Our Equality and Fairness Self Assessment Team takes an inclusive approach. We consider all staff roles and undergraduate students. The team develops good practice for Equality and Fairness in the School. It maintains and improves on our bronze level award.

In the school the Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT) sits in the EDI group’s. Since 2018 the school has run two EDI groups, one which primarily concentrates on staff issues (Staff Facing Group) and the other concentrates on student issues (Student Facing Group). Both groups are built on a core group of staff members:

Dr Damian Parry – EDI lead (academic)
Dr Debbie Bevitt – Head of School
Dr Lindsey Ferry – Degree Programme Director
Dr Alison Howard – Senior Tutor
Mrs Kerry Grenfrell – EDI administrator

Staff facing group
Dr Alison Gregory – Technical Staff
Mrs Julie Alexander – Administrative Staff
TBC – Sport
Helen Mason - Nutrition

Student facing group
Members of the student body are recruited annually to incorporate representatives from all stages and programs and to maximise diversity. Students are recruited on a volunteer basis.

Both teams meet twice a year to monitor developments within the School, Faculty and University and to report on action plan progress. EDI is a standing item on the agendas for the school’s weekly Teaching Meeting, Board of Studies, Students Staff Committee and other meetings in the school.

Contact us

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to get involved, contact Dr Damian Parry (


Find out the latest Athena SWAN news from the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Launch of our Parent, Carer and Mature Student Community

In October 2015, we held the first School of Biomedical Sciences Parent, Carer and Mature student community event. The event generated some interesting discussion and ideals, and it was a great chance to meet new people and students from all stages.

An ePortfolio community has been established to facilitate interactions and discussions. Any current students who were unable to attend the lunch but would like to be involved in the future:

  1. Log in to ePortfolio.
  2. Find 'SBMS Parent, Carer and Mature Student Community' in the communities section.
  3. Request to join.

Everybody is welcome and we hope the community will be useful. Keep an eye out for further events and opportunities to be involved.