Athena Swan - Gender Equality Charter
What is Athena Swan and why should you care about it?
Athena Swan is a national gender equality charter which aims to improve equality of opportunity within academia. The charter is based on the central principle that: “academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the the talents of all”. But what does this mean for you in practice? The Department was granted a Bronze award under the charter in 2014 and has been working on actions and initiatives since then to improve the culture and environment for all staff and students working in Pharmacology. This has led to such developments as the Research Staff Society, annual personal development reviews for all staff, and improved communications such as the weekly newsletter, an updated intranet and Head of Department meetings and drop-in sessions. Our aim is to make working in the Department as rewarding and enjoyable as possible for everyone. We need you to get involved in our work so that your views and ideas are included in this process! Details
LGBT+ Network and Allies
The University has a growing network of LGBT+ Allies. Carolyn Thackrah is an Ally for the LGBT+ community in Pharmacology. LGBT+ Allies: promote LGBT+ inclusion, will never be a bystander to harassment, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia and will support all LGBT+ staff and students to be themselves.
The University also has an LGBT+ Staff Network
The University has a BME Staff Network open to all University of Oxford staff who identify as BME.
The group has an email list that acts a confidential discussion forum, and holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related. Membership of the group is kept confidential.
The Network has two main aims:
- to help the University identify areas where BME staff representation can be increased
- to offer support to and enable professional success among BME staff at all levels.
Pharmacology is in the process of setting up a network for all staff and students who identify as BME - if you are interested in hearing more information about this initiative, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org