Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

The Athena Swan charter recognises the commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) academia. The ICS will be submitting an application for an Athena Swan Bronze Award in November 2016. There are important benefits to the Institute of obtaining the Bronze Award:

  • The process helps to improve the recruitment, retention and promotion of female academics;
  • A review will be performed to establish best working practice to the benefit of all working in STEMM academia;
  • Biomedical Research Unit/Biomedical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research funding are being linked to attainment of awards;
  • RCUK funding recipients have to provide evidence of commitment to (gender) equality and diversity, e.g. participation in the Athena Swan Award programme;
  • The process plays a role in helping Schools/Research Institutes to carry out teaching and research at highest level of international excellence and to maintain a competitive advantage.

Therefore, it is vital that we achieve the Athena Swan Bronze Award in November. In order to apply for the Bronze Award, the ICS Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT) needs to submit a wide variety of data, including student numbers, progression pipeline, demographics across Institute, recruitment, committee structure, staff turnover and promotion. In addition to this, we consulted ICS staff in the form of an on-line questionnaire, which we are using to identify areas of good practice and also areas requiring improvement. This has resulted in an action plan for the future, which we shall present here shortly.

Thank you for your support with this vital initiative.

Mhairi Copland and the SAT team.

Athena SWAN - An Introduction

ICS Athena Swan Bronze Award Submission

Self assessment team

  • Mhairi Copland (Chair) - Professor of Translational Haematology / Clinical Consultant
  • Anne Best - Clerk for SAT Team
  • Alan Bilsland - Research Associate - Analytical Services Unit
  • Jeff Evans - Director of ICS, Professor (Translational Cancer Research)/ Clinical Consultant
  • Iain McNeish, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology
  • Sylvia Morrison - Head of Research Institute Administration
  • Paul Shiels, Professor in Epigenetics
  • Katrina Stevenson - Research Technician
  • David Tedman - HR Manager, College of MVLS
  • Helen Wheadon - Senior Lecturer
  • Eirini-Maria Lampraki - PhD student
  • Christina Halsey - Senior Clinical Research Fellow
  • Elaine Leung - Clinical Research Fellow
  • Jiska van der Reest - PhD students
  • Joanne Edwards - Senior Lecturer
  • Katie Farrell - Gender Equality Officer
  • Keilly MacDonald - Athena Swan Data Officer
  • Leena Mukherjee - Clinical Research Fellow
  • Lisa Hopcroft - Research Associate
  • Milly McAllister - PhD student
  • Ross Kinstrie - Research Associate
  • Tessa Holyoake - Professor of Experimental Haematology
  • Stacey Hoare - Chief Technician/Laboratory Manager
  • Pablo Baquero, Research Assistant
  • Mhairi Taylor - Head of the Equality and Diversity Unit

SAT meeting minutes

The minutes of the Self Assessment Team minutes can be found here (GU campus access only)

Pilot Carers’ Conference Fund

Research and teaching staff can now apply to the University Pilot Carers’ Conference Fund for help with the additional cost of care for children and other dependants that are incurred when attending conferences and related events.

Presenting research at, and attending, conferences plays a significant role in the formation of research collaborations, networks, and funding opportunities. We recognises the additional challenges that those with caring responsibilities for children and other dependents face when trying to attend such events.

The pilot fund- launched in June 2016- will run until December 2016 or until the limited funds are exhausted, whichever is the earliest. It will be used to gauge demand and measure the impact for individuals. It is being administered by the Equality and Diversity Unit on behalf of the Gender Equality Steering Group.

If you would be interested in making use of this scheme in the future but after referring to the guidance are unable to apply to the pilot fund (due to funds offered being insufficient or not appropriate etc.), please register your interest using the link below.

Carers' Conference Fund Guidance 

Carers’ Conference Fund Application Form

Carers’ Conference Fund- Registration of Interest


If you have any queries about the fund, after reading the guidance, please

Inspirational Women at ICS

Dr Karin Oien
BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PhD, FRCPath, FHEA

Karin Oien is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Pathology in the Institute of Cancer Sciences in the University of Glasgow. Dr Oien is also Honorary Consultant in Liver and Gastro-intestinal Pathology, based in the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. There, the new Laboratory Medicine building houses the largest pathology department in Europe.

Dr Oien’s research focusses on molecular pathology and stratified medicine for cancer. She has a long-standing interest in cancer of unknown primary (CUP) and has contributed to national and international CUP guidelines and the UK national CUP-ONE clinical trial, funded by Cancer Research UK, for which Dr Harpreet Wasan is chief investigator.

Dr Oien leads the Glasgow clinical hub contribution to the CR-UK Stratified Medicine Programme, and the Glasgow Node within the MRC/EPSRC-funded Molecular Pathology Node network. She is part of the Glasgow team working on pancreatico-biliary cancer, with Professors Andrew Biankin, Jeff Evans, Owen Sansom and colleagues leading in the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre and Beatson Institute. Most recently she has been appointed Chair of the new NCRI-funded Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CM-Path) initiative aimed at re-invigorating UK academic pathology.

@ICS_AthenaSWAN Twitter Feed

International Women's Day

The Institute of Cancer Sciences Athena SWAN team organised an event to showcase the different career paths that women at the University of Glasgow have taken. The event was held at on 8th March 2016 to coincide with International Women's Day.

International Women's Day Event Flyer

Our guest speakers were:

The event was chaired by Prof Nicol Keith, Professor of Molecular Oncology and Director of Research Impact.

We thany everyone for inspirational talks and discussion!


BBSRC Blog:  International Women's Day In Science