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 team



    Prof Tom Solomon (Lead)
    Tom is the Institute Director and was responsible for setting up the self assessment team and has had a major role in driving the initiative across the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

    Dr 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.

    Dr Rob Christley
    Rob is a Reader and is especially interested in encouraging gender equality in recruitment, progression and promotion. As part of the group he has also co-ordinated our maternity leave focus groups.

    Dr Mark Senior
    Mark is a Senior Lecturer who has recently been through the promotion process and is especially keen that the promotion and progression system supports all staff. He mapped the Institute practice to AS best practice examples as part of our submission.

    Prof Enitan Carrol
    Enitan works full time as a clinical academic and has caring responsibilities for two children. She is Knowledge Exchange Lead for the Institute. She was previously part of the Institute of Translational Medicine's self assessment team in its application for a silver award.

    Dr Jo Fothergill
    Jo is a Tenure-Track Fellow beginning an independent research career. She plays a leading role coordinating inputs from Fellows and those on fixed-term contracts.

    Dr Marie Yang
    Marie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate who is aware of the complexities faced by postdocs and women in science and established the Institute's Postdoctoral Association in 2013.

    Dr Maya Wardeh
    Maya is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working full time on a variety of projects. Her role focuses on developing data driven software solutions to satisfy the needs of those projects.

    Christina Gill
    Institute student representative. Co-founder and one of the co-ordinators of the Institute’s PhD student Postgraduate Society which aims to represent postgraduate students, enhance communications with students and support student development.

    Dr 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.

    Helen Nelson
    Helen is responsible for the Institute's HR administration and collected data for our AS submission.

    Mark Garner
    Mark is from the University's HR team and provides guidance on HR policies, and liaises between the Institute’s AS Team and the University HR department


  • 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."