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Dear all,

I’d like to begin the first newsletter of 2019 by highlighting a department-wide effort which has been a major focus this term: the submission of our application to renew the Silver Athena Swan Award that we currently hold. Athena SWAN is a charter established and managed by the UK Equality Challenge Unit to recognise and celebrate good practice in higher education that helps advance gender equality. The Silver Award the department currently holds is the second highest level of accreditation awarded, and we hope to continue to build on this good work.

As research done in this department shows, incentive-linked Athena SWAN plans make a measurable contribution to positive culture change, though we recognise that much remains to be done. As we wait to hear about the outcome of our application, we have already started to implement the Athena SWAN action plan, and we would welcome your contributions: please get in touch with Charlotte Smith, our Athena SWAN facilitator with your ideas, and we would especially welcome participation and ideas from graduate students.

The first half of this year was also when the biggest ever RDM symposium took place: many thanks to the over 300 RDM staff and students who attended and contributed to a day full of stimulating discussion. Please save the date for next year’s RDM symposium: Monday 23 March 2020.

This term also marks some major departures and a new arrival too: we’re very sorry to say goodbye to Prof Mark McCarthy (OCDEM), Associate Prof Katja Gehmlich (CVM) and Dr Matt Daniels (CVM) who leave the department, and we wish them the best of luck for the future. All of them will continue to maintain an affiliation within the department. We welcome Dr Amanda Adler as the new Director of the Diabetes Trial Unit (OCDEM), taking over from Prof Rury Holman. Dr Adler is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and joins us after years of experience at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Please get in touch with Dr Charvy Narain if you have any news you would like to share with the department – from fundraising and athletic feats to poster prizes and awards, we want to hear your stories.


With best wishes for the summer,

Hugh Watkins