Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Each Institute in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has committed to advancing women's careers in STEMM employment by setting up an Athena Swan Working Group.

The Institute of Infection and Global Health is, as of October 2016, an Athena SWAN Silver award holder. We are fully committed to advancing the career progression and representation of our female academics and promoting equality and diversity in all areas and have developed a number of innovative initiatives that foster a supportive and flexible working environment for everyone.

  • Meet the self-assessment team



    Prof Bill Paxton

    Prof Nigel Cunliffe

    Nigel is Head of the Institute and has a major role in driving the initiative across the Institute and Faculty

    Gina PinchbeckDr Gina Pinchbeck

    Gina is a Senior Lecturer and our Deputy AS Lead. She took a leading role in the analysis and monitoring of our AS questionnaire data as part of our submission.

    Jo ParkerDr Jo Parker

    Jo is the Institute Manager and is responsible for supporting the Institute Director in the development of the Institute’s policy and practices and ensuring effective implementation.

    Prof Miren Gomara

    Miren acts as the Institute Maternity Mentor. She is a Full-time academic with caring responsibilities for one child.

    Sally Middleton

    Full-time Gender Equality Officer for the University. Supports activity across the University and individual departments.

    Georgette Kluiters PDRA

    Marie McIntyre PDRA

    Shadia Khandaker, PhD Student

    Khandaker Shadia is a PhD student and one of the Institute student representatives. Her role in the AS committee is to communicate with the students regarding issues such as maternity mentoring training programme, abiding by Athena SWAN initiative and provide feedback to the committee.

    Sara Silva Pereira, PGRA

    Sara Participates in creation of rolling programme of events just for females.

    Becky Glennon-Alty

    Becky is the Public Engagement officer for the institute and looks after the institute's website and communication channels. She has one small human at home.

    John Spafford

    John manages the Wellcome Trust Liverpool Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research. He works full-time with caring responsibility for one child (with another on the way).

    Robin Flynn, Senior Lecturer

    Robin is a full-time senior lecturer in Infection Biology and current IGH Day academic lead. He has shared responsibility for two primary-school age children.

  • Case studies


    Dr Adjanie Patabendige, Tenure-Track Fellow

    "I joined the Institute of Infection and Global Health as a Postdoctoral Researcher in September 2009 to take up a challenging research project working with the Brain Infections Group. At the time, I was also a mother to a toddler but the Institute encouraged flexible working practices that enabled me to have a good work-life balance. With guidance and support from the Institute I was awarded the David Sainsbury Fellowship in 2012 from the NC3Rs/MRC, which I currently hold (2012-2015). Because of the positive and flexible working environment in the Institute, I am able to successfully manage my own research project, build up a small research group by taking up the role of a primary supervisor to two PhD students and several MRes students, while managing school runs, holidays and other caring responsibilities for my daughter. In February 2014, I was appointed as a Tenure-Track Fellow by the Institute, which would eventually lead to a permanent academic position at the University of Liverpool."

    IGH Researcher Dr Lance Turtle

    ‌Dr Lance Turtle, Clinical Lecturer

    "From January 2011 until June 2013 I was employed by the Institute of Infection and Global Health as a postdoctoral Wellcome fellow and was based in South India studying immune responses to mosquito transmitted viruses. I was working in India when the birth of my first child was due in 2012, which for various reasons could not be in India. I was able to take two months of exceptional unpaid leave to be back at home with my family.  Without this I would have missed out completely on the early months of life of my first child - a very special period! Shortly after returning to the UK I was promoted to Clinical Lecturer. Once I started this role, I was able to drop down to part time in order to spend one day a week looking after my daughter. Without the support of the Institute, and indeed positive encouragement of the Director, none of this would have been possible and I would have spent much less time with my child during the first year of her life - an opportunity I would have never got back."