Athena SWAN


Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) is a charter established and managed by the British Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 that recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. The Athena SWAN charter was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research.

The School of Chemistry was awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2018.

Athena SWAN Committee

Chaired by Prof. John Wenger, the School of Chemistry Athena SWAN committee was established in September 2016. The committee is representative of academic, technical and administrative staff in the School, including representation from postdoctoral research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students. The team also represents different career grades and provides a good gender balance (6 males, 8 females).


SurnameFirst NamePosition
Biswas Dr. Subhajit Research Fellow
Carey Dr. Trevor Senior Technical Officer
Gilchrist Dr. Elizabeth Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry
King Ms. Ann Athena SWAN Projects Officer
Maguire Prof. Anita Vice President for Research & Innovation
Moynihan Dr. Humphrey Head of School
O'Sullivan Dr. Aoife Technical Officer
O'Sullivan Ms. Claire Senior Executive Assistant
Otway Dr. David Lecturer in Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
Pemble Mr. Oliver Postgraduate Student
Tobin Ms. Claire School Manager
Wenger Prof. John Professor in Physical Chemistry

News & Updates

Update | June 2019

Staff Induction Booklet
A new Staff Induction Booklet has been introduced to improve staff experience of induction into the School of Chemistry. This booklet provides a comprehensive guide to the workings of the School and outlines supports and facilities available to staff. We have also worked closely with the HR Manager in SEFS to develop a SEFS wide induction check-list to be used by line managers when they have a new recruit, this will ensure all areas are covered for new employees and they get a robust induction into their new working environment, making the transition more comfortable.

Seminar Speakers
In previous years, the School of Chemistry Research Seminar Series had a poor gender balance, with only 20% female speakers. As part of our Athena SWAN action plan, the School is now committed to ensuring that 50% of speaker invitations are issued to women. This action has reaped rewards already, with 50% female speakers in the our recent 2018-2019 Research Seminar programme. This action is part of the School’s ongoing efforts to enhance the promotion of woman as successful role models in Chemistry.

Aurora 18/19
Two of our staff members, Claire Tobin and Elena Gomez Alvarez, were successfully selected to take part in 18/19 Aurora Women Only Leadership Programme. The Aurora programme was developed by Advance-HE in the UK in response to research which indicates that the level of women in influential and senior positions in higher education is now lower than 10 years ago. The programme is targeted at women in lecturer, senior lecturer, research and professional services roles (administrative & technical) across all academic disciplines and throughout university administration.  It is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills through workshops, action learning days and networking. Further on-going support is ensured through online resources and institutional level support including mentoring. A call has been issued for applications for Aurora 19/20, full details can be found Here for those wishing to apply.


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