In July 2011 the Chief Medical Officer announced that future funding for medical schools from the National Institute for Health Research, the Biomedical Research Council and the Biomedical Research Unit would be linked, as a condition, to the achievement of the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter Silver Award. This arose from concerns relating to how academic and NHS partners currently support women in clinical academia to develop into, and be appointed to, senior leadership positions.
The University of Leeds is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has accepted six key principles to improve gender equality LIME has representation on the School of Medicine Athena SWAN steering committee and is actively involved in developing the Schools application for an Athena SWAN Silver award.
The School of Medicines successful Bronze Athena SWAN application can be viewed here
To read more about the Athena SWAN Charter please see their website.
To read more about the School of Medicines commitment to Athena SWAN please see their website.