The Centre for Anatomy & Human identification (CAHID) is one of the smallest Athena SWAN departments within the University of Dundee, but one of the most high profile.

Dr Seaneen McDougall

Dr Seaneen McDougall

Chair, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) SAT
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While there are less than 20 academic staff, the majority are female, including three professors. Over 500 students are taught each year with female students comprising 73% of anatomy students, and 87% of forensic anthropology students.

Since 2003, the division has been led by Professor Sue Black, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, past President of the British Association of Human Identification (BAHID), and the current President of Association for Science Education (Scotland). In 2013, CAHID received a Queen's Anniversary Award for Higher Education in recognition of its teaching, research and scientific service provision. 

The CAHID Self-Assessment Team was created in May 2014. The team has representation from different academic and support staff groups and from postgraduate students, and consists of male and female members with a range of work-life balance experiences.

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification was awarded Athena SWAN Bronze department status in April 2015.

Note: Information was correct at time of application (April 2015) and some nomenclature and roles may have changed following August 2015 UoD restructure.

Bronze Award

ATHENA Swan BronzeCAHID gained their Athena SWAN Department Bronze award in April 2015.

Self Assessment Team

See the list of CAHID SAT staff contacts.

How do we compare?

In general, for all undergraduate programmes offered by CAHID, the outcomes for males and females are comparable, with the exception of the 2.1/2.2 boundary where a larger percentage of women than men receive a 2.1. With a relatively small number of male students on our courses this is not of immediate concern, but we will continue to monitor our performance to ensure that there is no imbalance and will address this if needed. 


A proportion of male (11%) and female (13%) students leave with an Ordinary Degree. This occurs for a variety of reasons including entry into the work place or other further learning courses that do not require the additional year of study. There is no gender imbalance in this, and mechanisms are in place to take mitigating circumstances into account and to grant dispensation if appropriate, to ensure that students with carer responsibilities are not disadvantaged. ‌


Gender distribution of students on CAHIDs undergraduate degrees. 



Gender distribution of students on CAHIDs taught postgraduate degrees



Degree classification for female and male students, cumulative over all undergraduate degrees over the period 2012-2014