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30 May 2024

Athena Swan Silver Award renewed for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

We are delighted to announce that the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences has been awarded the Athena SWAN Charter silver award following a successful renewal application.

Athena SWAN Silver

The Athena SWAN charter was launched in 2005 to recognise the commitment of institutions that promote and advance careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in academia. The faculty was awarded silver in 2015 on the first submission, and this was renewed in 2018. This latest achievement shows our continued commitment in recognising the advancement of gender equality.

Professor Michael Escudier, Executive Dean of the faculty said: “This is a great achievement and reflects our commitment to equality at the faculty. Many thanks to all those involved in the process, and especially to Dr Ana Angelova Volponi who led on the submission.”

The evaluation Panel of Advance HE Athena Swan has highlighted and commended our application:

A thorough evaluation of progress, underpinned by evidence, has been undertaken and an insightful analysis of the barriers and facilitators is presented. This critical reflection is excellent, and it is evident that the key learnings have informed the development of the future action plan and its implementation."

"A great deal of work has been undertaken to drive forward the action plan over a sustained period of time, and some unique and commendable progress has been made.”

Dr Sasha Scambler, Dean for People & Culture at the faculty said: “This reflects our continuing commitment to remaining an equitable and bias free place of research, learning, work and clinical care provision to the populations that we serve, within the broader reach of the faculties NHS partners."

Dr Ana Angelova Volponi, Faculty Lead for the Athena SWAN submission said: “It was a privilege to lead such an enthusiastic and committed team of colleagues, united in a desire to sustain and further develop the equality agenda throughout the faculty.”


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Ana Angelova Volponi

Reader in Regenerative Dentistry