Training with the University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool works closely with the PBRU.  One of these is the Athena SWAN Charter.
This recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.
The University of Liverpool currently holds a Bronze award, but is working towards the Silver award.  The PBRU is keen to promote women within science and research, backing fully all of its staff, in their aim to achieve their goals and promotions.
We are delighted to announce that The Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM), in which the PBRU sits, has recently been awarded a Silver award, after submitting its application to Athena SWAN committee.,

The Silver Award has significance for ITM particularly because of the expectations of funders.  For example, the NIHR has stated that for future competitions to designate and fund NIHR Biomedical Research Units, Biomedical Research Centres, Patient Safety Translational Research Centres and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, it does not expect to short-list any NHS/University partnership where the academic partner  has not achieved at least the Silver Award of the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.  This is wonderful news for the PBRU.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Howard Newby said: “The University is committed to tackling workplace barriers for female students and staff working in STEMM areas. This award recognizes the significant work and focus that continues to take place across the Institution.”

The ITM Athena SWAN team were led by Prof Sue Wray and Prof Sarah Coupland (Deputy Lead).  The Athena SWAN team consisted of Prof Enitan Carrol, Dr Carrie Duckworth, Lorraine Evans, Prof Carrol Gamble, Dr Christopher Goldring, Sharon Grant, Robin Harrison, Dr Sarah Lake, Darren Mooney, Dr Hannah McCue, Ilaria Santeramo, Dr Joseph Slupsky, Emma Squibb, Prof Robert Sutton (the PBRU Director), Becky Taylor (PBRU PA), Dr Catriona Waitt and John Woodward.

In his letter supporting ITM's application, Prof Kevin Park wrote, "I am enormously grateful to Sue Wray, Sarah Coupland and our Athena SWAN team for the achievements they have already made with Athena SWAN goals. They have undertaken a thoroughly professional review, and developed a comprehensive set of SMART action points, to ensure ITM continues to move forward and fulfil our joint ambition, as we look beyond this Silver application."

If you would like to know more about Athena SWAN and become involved with the team, please contact Sue (

 Please see link to University of Liverpool HR Athena SWAN website