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Athena SWAN Bronze Award


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

The Department of Palliative Care was founded in 1997.  The Department grew from its original 3 posts and was joined in 2004 by colleagues in rehabilitation to form the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation.  

In 2010 the Department moved into the purpose-built Cicely Saunders Institute and two years later, in August 2012, became the Division of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation. 

In January 2014, we formed an Athena SWAN steering group to capture and formalise many of the processes and procedures we had been following and promoting since the department was founded in 1997.

We applied for an Athena SWAN award in April 2014 and received a Bronze Award in November 2014. In November 2015 and April 2016 we applied for a Silver award, which was awarded in October 2016.

The review panel commended the following

  • "the department's championing of gender equality since its establishment in 1997"
  • "the division's proactive and supporting culture"
  • "how AS principles are embedded in the division"
  • "mentoring and development of junior researchers"

Our Athena Swan Application and Action Plan, April 2014

Endorsement letter from the Director of the Institute

Application feedback November 2014

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