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Involving staff and students

How we involve our community

Involving our WMS community is a crucial part of our Athena Swan work. We work closely with our staff and students to make sure we're listening to their concerns and ideas in order to make the Medical School an even better place to work and study.


We hold an annual Athena Swan survey, encouraging colleagues to share their thoughts about their experiences of working here, including their work-life balance, recognition, challenges and ideas for improvement.

The University also runs a biennial pulse survey for staff. We receive detailed information about the responses from colleagues across WMS and use this feedback to plan our Athena Swan actions as well.

Focus groups

We run focus groups with members of our community on specific topics. Recent focus groups looked at career progress and development opportunities for Professional and Support Services staff, and flexible working.

Encouraging involvement in our SAT and working groups

We encourage all staff and students who want to be actively involved in our Athena Swan work to join one of our working groups or our Self Assessment Team. Further information is available on the School's intranet.