Athena SWAN and the Department of Genetics

Welcome to the Department of Genetics Athena SWAN page.

Athena Swan Bronze Award Collection Photo
Representatives from the Department of Genetics receiving the ECU Athena Swan Bronze award from Professor Sir Paul Nurse (Dec 2016)
The Athena SWAN charter was launched in 2005 and is a recognition scheme for good employment practice for women working in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in higher education. As a department, Genetics has always been supportive of women, but because we care, we are dedicated to doing more to support women in science. We are committed to the Athena SWAN ideals and are addressing issues by critically appraising attitudes and work practices within the Department (see below). In 2016, the department was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its work and proposals to improve the participation of women in STEM within the University. This webpage is a portal to past, present and future activities of the Genetics Department ‘Going for Silver’ campaign.



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Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for all women in science to showcase their work at a range of events, both around the UK and abroad. They are currently looking for a range of speakers for their 2017 events! To find out more and apply (deadline 24th Feb 2017) - click here.

To All Women Postdocs in Genetics

The Genetics Equality and Diversity Initiative want to bring to your attention the opportunity to apply for a L’Oreal UK and Ireland Fellowship for Women in Science 2017.

You can apply for a maximum of £15K. Deadline 25th January 2017. To find out how to apply please see follow the link here:



Professor Annette Cashmore

Annette Cashmore
Annette Cashmore
Following the sad news that Professor Annette Cashmore died suddenly on Saturday 28th May 2016 we would like to recognise the significant role Annette played in raising the profile of female academic staff within the Department and the College of Medicine Biological Sciences and Psychology.



List of Genetics Athena SWAN Committee Members

Dr Nicola Royle (Chair), Lead for women specific initiative,  

Dr Sandra Beleza (New Lecturer), lead for PhD data collection and analysis,  

Miss Megan De Ste Croix (PhD Student), Lead in improving awareness of PhD student career development opportunities,  

Dr Colin Hewitt (Lecturer),  

Prof. Julian Ketley (Head of Department),  

Dr Turi King (Lecturer), Role model for career progression,  

Prof. Charalambos Kyriacou (Senior Academic),  

Mr Manish Maisura (Departmental Manager),  

Dr Mariaelena Repici (Post Doctoral Researcher), Lead in introducing appraisals for PDRS,  

Dr Nicola Suter-Giorgini (Lecturer),  

Mrs Amelia Veselis (Senior Departmental Technician), Lead in co-ordinating social activities,  

Ms Sarah Laband (Senior Departmental Administrator).




Our objectives are to make the workplace more equitable, erase gender inequalities and encourage the retention of women in SET careers. We want to encourage wider participation and awareness of Athena SWAN issues.



Current Events

Women in Leadership

We are holding five separate “Women in Leadership” sessions for female staff working in SET at the University of Leicester. For more details about these events, please click on this link.



International Women's Day 2015

In recognition of International Women's Day 2015 the University gave awards to 12 women from across the University for their achievements and collegiality. We congratulate Dr Turi King, lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology, who received one of the awards.



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Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378
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Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall


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