Athena SWAN at the Rowett

The Rowett equality and diversity team

The Rowett Institute is fully dedicated to the Athena SWAN Charter: Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. 

The Rowett Institute has around 120 academic & professional staff and 20-30 postgraduate students engaged in research in nutrition and related areas of human health funded by the Scottish Government, UK Research Councils and charities. 

The Rowett continually assesses gender balance in all areas and plans specific actions to ensure gender balance in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women.

Resources for staff

Framework of academic expectations and Workload Model

The Framework of Academic expectations based on the UoA template and the current workload models as agreed at the school and institute level.


Read the document >>

Composition of the Equality and Diversity Team

Composition of the Equality and Diversity Team

Co-leads Dr Karen Scott and Dr Perry Barrett

Jeannette Ingram (Database manager)

Dr Richard Anderson

Russell Betney (Website and Newsletter)

Maria Cascio (University Athena SWAN co-ordinator)

Dr Silvia Gratz

Prof. Alex Johnstone (Mentor co-ordinator)

Karen Taylor (Family Support Advisor)

Alasdair Lesson Payne

Fiona Macskill (Human Resources)

Prof. Peter Morgan (Director)

Lynn Pirie

Dr Justin Rochford

Dr Sandy Ross

Lucy Sam (PhD Student Rep)

Olivia Watt (PhD student Rep)

Dr Harriot Carroll

Karen Hislop


New members are always welcome.

To volunteer, or for more information contact Karen Scott or Perry Barrett

Mentoring and family support

Karen Taylor ( (left) is our Family Support Advisor. 

Alex Johnstone ( (right) is the Mentoring Advisor for the Rowett, and she can provide help and advice for anyone looking for a mentor or looking to become a mentor.


As part of her role as family support advisor, Karen can provide information on the family award scheme for attending conferences. This scheme recognises that many early career researchers are parents, and that attending conferences and presenting research is important for career development.

The guidlines for eligibility and and the type of costs that can be requested can be found here >>

If you think you meet the criteria, please fill the application form on the last page of the document and email it directly to the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Athena SWAN Coordinator, Dr Maria Grazia Cascio at

Further information