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.  In 2018, we joined the other STEMM Colleges in the new One Step Beyond mentoring scheme, which is now available to all staff across the University.

Within the College, an average of 90% of staff have completed Equality & Diversity training at any one time.

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 Equality & Diversity focused staff survey conducted in January 2018 showed that an average of 92% of staff in the College of Medicine and Health were aware that flexible working practices are available, with 59% of staff making use of those.  Read more about the flexible working practices available here.

The College has funded 30 attendees since 2013/14 on the 'Aurora' Leadership training programme, which aims to develop and progress the careers of female academics.  In addition to this, the College funded bespoke career coaching for 15 staff in 2017/18.

Equality & Diversity Group Working Group members contributed to the recruitment of the College's Pro-Vice Chancellor. As part of this, the recruitment agency was briefed on Equality & Diversity best practices, and a question about Athena SWAN was asked at interview.  Similar questions were asked at interviews for the Director of College Operations.

Within the College, an average of 78.3% of managers have completed Recruitment & Selection training.

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