Physics and Astronomy has held an Athena Swan Bronze award since 2015, which will be reviewed again in 2017. Although originally focusing on the progression of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) academic careers, the Athena Swan Charter has recently been broadened to recognise the barriers in other disciplines and roles, and those for men, trans people, and the impact of race.
Our Athena Swan award has already led to a new Women’s Physics Network. Our departmental ‘core hours’ policy (all research seminars and meetings take place between 09:30 - 16.00), annual culture surveys for students and staff, a new dedicated nappy-changing and baby feeding room, and many behind-the-scenes structural administrative and management changes related to recruitment and the student experience.
Project Juno is the Institute of Physics scheme that recognises departments that demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics, and to encourage better practice for both women and men.
Our department was awarded Project Juno Practitioner status in 2017, which recognises the actions we’re taking to address the under-representation of women in Physics and Astronomy. The status acknowledges the effectiveness of several initiatives that are creating an equitable working culture, in which students and staff can achieve their full potential. We endorse the five Project Juno Principles, and will now work towards Champion status.
The Physics and Astronomy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee coordinates our Project Juno applications.