Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver department award.

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Achievements and statistics

The College of Medicine and Health launched its staff mentoring scheme in 2016. To find out more about the scheme visit the intranet page (staff access only). 

Within the College, 98.7% of staff have completed Equality & Diversity training (figures from May 2016).

Following a consultation in 2014, staff core hours were set as 10am - 4pm. All meetings and committees aim to be held between these times to help those with parent and carer responsibilities. Subsequent surveys carried out in 2016 and 2018 confirmed that staff wished to keep these core hours, and in the 2018 survey 80% of respondents said that having these core hours helped them achieve a work-life balance.

An Athena SWAN staff survey conducted in November 2015 showed that 75.2% of staff make use of flexible working practices. Read more about the flexible working practices available here.

The College has funded 22 attendees since 2013/14 on the 'Aurora' Leadership training programme, which aims to develop and progress the careers of female academics.  A further seven are being funded in the 2018/19 academic year.  In addition to this, the College funded career coaching for 15 staff in 2017/18.

Athena SWAN Working Group members have been contributing to the recruitment of the College's Pro-Vice Chancellor. As part of this, the recruitment agency has been briefed on Equality & Diversity best practices.

Within the College, 84.4% of managers have completed Recruitment & Selection training (figures from May 2016).

Students are represented on the College's Equality & Diversity Group by two undergraduate students and one postgraduate reseach student.  Student equality and diversity surveys have been carried out in the College in 2015 (postgraduate research) and 2016 (undergraduate) and further surveys are planned.

Equality & Diversity questions have been added to the annual monitoring survey of PGRs. Following a successful pilot in 2015, these questions will remain in the survey for future years.

Laura Hollands was awarded the Quintiles Women in Science Prize 2017. The prize was previously awarded to BMBS student Praveena Deekonda in 2016, and Medical Sciences student Eleanor White in 2015.

 Gender Statistics:

Undergraduate students gender split in the College of Medicine and Health: 

Year % Female % Male
2012/13 52% 48%
2013/14 53% 47%
2014/15 57% 43%
2015/16 57% 43%
2016/17 60% 40%

Staff gender split in the College of Medicine and Health: 

Year % Female % Male
2012/13 54% 46%
2013/14 57% 43%
2014/15 58% 42%
2015/16 58% 42%
2016/17 58% 42%

College of Medicine and Health academic career pipeline