Athena Swan and the CS Department

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in higher education.

Female Academics in  Leicester Cancer Centre

L-R: Prof. Anne Thomas, Hon. Prof. Samreen Ahmed, Dr Nicola Royle, Prof. Catrin Pritchard, Prof. Karen Brown and Prof. Jacqui Shaw.

The University gained the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in September 2008 for its work and proposals to improve the participation of women in STEM within the University.  The University has made a clear commitment to achieving a Silver award through individual Department submissions.

Activities Around International Women's Day 2016

Jacqui's mentor pledge

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Pledge for Parity’. The Leicester Cancer Research Centre (formerly Dept of Cancer Studies) is proud to support this initiative, which aims to help women and men achieve their ambitions. The photo shows Professor Shaw our SAT team lead  presenting her pledge. Please get involved if this is something you think is important. 
You can also make a Pledge to Parity on the IWD website:

Bronze Award

The Centre was granted Bronze Award status in April 2013, the award running until April 2016.

Silver Award

The Centre was granted a Silver Award in September 2016.

Why is this important for Cancer Studies?

Women are under-represented in science, the more senior the role the greater the deficit.  In some disciplines there is significant under-representation of women at all levels.

We want to remove all barriers to achievement in employment for both men and women that may exist as a consequence of gender.  The Athena SWAN program helps to identify best practice for the working environment of all staff, not just for women, working in science disciplines.  Therefore, embracing this Charter will help to support achievement in employment for all staff in the Cancer Research Centre.

Working Group Membership

Prof Jacqui Shaw (Chair)
Prof Catrin Pritchard (Centre Lead)
Mrs Jenny McNair (Lead administrator)
Mrs Steph Moutrey (Centre Operations Manager)
Dr Don JL Jones (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Karen Page (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Dr Lynne Howells (ECMC Translational Research Manager)
Mr Jon Naylor (IT Manager)
Mr Ashley Gamble (CCLG Executive Director)
Mr Luke Martinson (Postgraduate Student)
Mrs Vilas Mistry (Research Technician)
Dr Mark Openshaw (Clinical Research Fellow)

Action Program

Regular two-monthly meetings are now being held to discuss implementation of the 2016 Athena SWAN award.


The committee is committed to a wide debate over Athena Swan issues and will routinely make all meeting minutes and documents available to Centre members.

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Available Documentation


Shadowing Initiative

Carer Conference Fund

University of Leicester Policies on Flexible Working

University of Leicester Athena Swan web page

Athena Swan Charter national web site

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Well done to Rachel Norman who was awarded a travel grant whilst at the Human Proteome Organization Conference in Florida, US.


Congratulations to all of the MPTC MSc 2017-18 graduating students; in particular to Lilas Al Boushi who was awarded the Sydney King Prize as the best performing student.


The LCRC would like to say a huge “Congratulations” to Sam Khan, Bethan Rogoyski and Sarah Whelan, who scooped a plethora of awards at the 42nd Annual UKEMS Meeting held in Oxford from 2-5th September 2018.  Sam won best oral presentation for "targeting cancer stem-like cells in colorectal cancer" and Bethan and Sarah won young scientist poster awards for "From anti-helminth to anti-cancer: repurposing drugs to prevent mesothelioma" and "Harnessing the link between BRAF-mediated tumourigenesis and metabolism in colorectal cancer", respectively.  WELL DONE ALL!


In a recent exercise undertaken by the NCRI’s Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) Leicester was rated as internationally competitive/leading in the Radiation Biology Research domain, one of just four centres in the UK to achieve this rating in that domain.


All the staff and students in the LCRC extend their congratulations to Bethan Rogoyski and Sam Khan for being awarded travel bursaries from UKEMS and Health Education England respectively so they could attend the Cancer Prevention Conference in Germany.

Bethan presented her poster entitled “From Asbestos to Zinc – Can We Prevent Mesothlioma Using Repurposed Drugs?”

Sam presented her work on TBS2017-122-SK - "Targeting Nanog in colorectal tissue explant models for the evaluation of cancer prevention agents"


Congratulations from the LCRC to the following postgraduate student(s)

Saraa Barsoom on passing her viva  and being awarded her PhD on 16th August 2018


Tumour analysis following surgery could provide breakthrough in predicting how well cancer patients respond to drug treatment

Details here


New: Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund



Centre Health and Wellbeing Group
Join up for a walk on the park Friday lunchtime - details here.

More information from Jenny McNair

Contact the Athena Group

The group is contactable using the email address

While the group's intends its work to be open for public discussion within the department, the group chair Prof Jacqui Shaw may be contacted on 0116 252 3148, email if you wish to raise matters in confidence.