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Through the self-assessment process we have learnt much about ourselves and how CVM is perceived. This provided the opportunity to reflect on both successes and deficiencies. CVM is an informal, supportive and friendly place to work, and we have been able to engender a strong sense of identity across our four sites. But some of what we have learnt via the panel and survey has been uncomfortable, revealing areas where we must and will do better. Many of the challenges identified are common themes across medical departments in Oxford and elsewhere, and indeed we recognise that clinical cardiology is a specialty with particular obstacles for women.

Want to get involved?

Although we have an established self-assessment team, with responsibility for implementing an action plan for change, there is often a need for new members as staff roles change or people move on. If you would like to get involved, or if you would like to give us some feedback, please do so by contacting the Athena SWAN coordinator.