Athena Swan in ICAMS

The Athena Swan (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

ICAMS is committed to pursuing the ideals of the Charter, ensuring that all staff are afforded the same career opportunities and representation regardless of gender, race, religion, or intersectionality.

Recognising our work to meeting this commitment, ICAMS was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in the November 2015 round, and a Silver award in the April 2019 round.

Athena Swan award acceptance

A copy of our Silver Application 2019 can be found in this link - ICAMS Athena Swan Silver application

Strategic Aims

Academics, professional, administrative, and technical staff, as well as students in ICAMS, are working to identify key career transition points, and to enhance career development for all staff.

The Athena Swan self-assessment team (SAT) is leading this work and is embedded in the management structure of ICAMS (Below Figure) to ensure maximal translation.  

ICAMS management structure

As part of our process, ICAMS identified areas of specific concerns to staff through a staff survey in April/May 2018. The response rate was 83% indicating a high level of engagement.

In our 2018 staff survey:

  • 100% of ICAMS staff, across all job families and grades, agreed that “they had been treated fairly regardless of gender  with respect to recruitment and selection”
  • 95% of ICAMS staff agree that “the Institute is inclusive of all genders”.

Action Plan: Yearly Progress Report

To ensure our action plan and its progress is transparent and visible for all staff, the ICAMS Athena Swan committee has committed to providing a yearly update using a traffic light system:

Green: Achieved

Amber: In Progress

Red: Not yet discussed/Started

ICAMS Athena Swan Action Plan Report