Athena SWAN

Committed to equality

The Athena SWAN Charter process recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). By being part of Athena SWAN, we are committed to a progressive charter; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.

In May 2015, the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. The Dean, on behalf of the Medical School, has pledged our commitment to the expanded Charter to the Equality Charter Unit.

Our aim is to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students, staff and partners – enabling them to develop and progress whatever their aspirations. We are delighted to be recognised by Athena SWAN for our commitment and work in supporting gender equality.

Professor Una Macleod Dean and practising GP


Athena SWAN Silver Award

We are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award in September 2016, and previously awarded the Bronze Award in November 2013 for our achievement and hard work promoting gender equality.

Our Athena SWAN self-assessment team was established in 2012, chaired at that time by Professor Una Macleod and a number of staff were involved in scoping existing support and processes, developing an action plan and gathering evidence to identify improvement options.

In order to achieve a silver award, the self-assessment team worked with colleagues to identify particular challenges, and taken actions to respond to these, which has had a demonstrable impact on the school. The current Silver award is valid until November 2019. 

Self-assessment team

The self-assessment team is a committee in place to ensure the Athena SWAN self-assessment process takes place correctly. The team includes at least one representative from each staff group comprising of a mixture of grades and roles representing different stages of the career ladder, and includes student representation. The self-assessment team meets monthly monitoring the progress of the current action plan, inputting into new submissions and analysing data to monitor trends and identify new actions where needed.

Members of the self-assessment team
Athena SWAN steering group
Name Role 
 Victoria Allgar – Co-Chair (York)  Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics 
 Joanna Micklethwaite – Co-Chair (Hull)  Assessment and Progression Manager
 Sarah Fordham – Co-Chair (maternity cover)  Programme Manager
 Alexandra Abel Undergraduate student
 Ahmed Aburima   Research Fellow
 Shamsuddeen Aliyu   Postgraduate student
 Nicki Collinson   HR Advisor, Hull York Medical School and University of Hull
 Kit Fan  Project Officer, Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Centre
 Gabrielle Finn  Director of Masters in Health Professions Education (Equality and Diversity Deputy, York)
 Roxana Freeman – AS Project Officer  Project Coordinator
Anna Hammond Academic Lead for Clinical Skills & Reasoning (Equality and Diversity Champion, York)
 Katherine Harris   Undergraduate student
 Corrine Howie   HR Partner for Science Departments, University of York
Una Macleod  Dean of Hull York Medical School 
Liz Mitchell Senior Lecturer in Primary Care (Equality Champion, Hull)
Alison Pettigrew  Head of Quality and Standards
Laura Sadofsky Non Clinical Lecturer CCMR
Katherine Sanders Lecturer in Anatomy (Equality Deputy, Hull)
Paul Scott E-Learning Manager
Roger Sturmey Senior Lecturer, PG Programme Board Chair 
Nadine Webster Deputy COO

International Women’s Day Lecture

Being WISE - reflections from a career on the yellow brick road

When: Friday 9 March 2018, 12noon – 2pm, light lunch provided

Where: Second Floor Meeting Room, Hull York Medical School (University of York) and Allam Medical Building meeting room 4 (University of Hull)

Register: Please email Roxana Freeman ( by Tuesday 27th February 2018, mentioning the site you will be on and if you have any dietary requirements

About the lecture

Professor Joanne Reeve invites you to join her in exploring some Dangerous Ideas arising from our collective experiences of being Women In Science and Engineering

Joanne is an academic GP committed to excellence in academic primary care at the heart of the design and delivery of quality primary care. Her work is focused on the whole-person centred redesign of primary medical services - a current priority area for health systems nationally and internationally.

She leads an internationally recognised body of research supporting the critical development and delivery of Individually Tailored primary care. She combines expertise in the design and delivery of expert generalist medical care with methodological expertise in complex intervention development and evaluation to support service re-design.

Her current research projects tackle some of the major challenges for today’s primary care community - including problematic polypharmacy, difficult mental health, multimorbidity and acute care.