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A new study by Radcliffe Department of Medicine researchers argues that the widespread implementation of NIHR-funding incentive-linked Athena SWAN action plans has contributed to a positive culture change in medical sciences

Nihr incentive linked athena swan action plans contribute to positive culture change

However, the study in the special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews devoted to gender in scientific practice, also found that women’s experience of university culture remain less positive than those of men, and there are still divisions between academic faculty and professional/support staff. 

A team of researchers led by Dr Pavel Ovseiko  and Professor Alastair Buchan analysed 2014 data from nearly 5000 Oxford University staff members working in medical and social sciences.  

The RDM researchers carried out the surveys in collaboration with a Brandeis University and Oxford University Department of Social Policy and Intervention project.  The project came about following recommendations of an expert international workshop held at Wadham College in 2014, and input from Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and then Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health.

Read more (Radcliffe Department of Medicine website)