In July 2011, in a letter to the Medical Schools Council (see link on the right), the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) would only expect to shortlist medical schools for biomedical research centre and unit (BRC/BRU) funding if the school holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.
Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
The Medical Schools Council and Dental Schools Council have submitted a joint response to the STEM Inquiry, outlining the issues of retention and progression of women in academic STEM careers, for example limited senior women role models, women often taking on a greater proportion of teaching/pastoral roles, limited opportunities for part-time or flexible working and women taking on the majority of caring responsibilities. The cycle is self-perpetuating.
The response offers examples of good practice from medical and dental schools, and makes wider suggestions for the roles that universities and the Government can play to address these issues.
The consultation response can be accessed here:
MSC-DSC Response Women in STEM Inquiry