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Athena SWAN : Women in Science

The Department of Genetics supports Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN : A charter for women in science 

Athena Swan logo bareThe Athena SWAN Charter, a national initiative launched in June 2005, initially recognised and celebrated the commitment of academic institutions to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine [STEMM]. Since April 2105, the Scheme had expanded to include the arts, humanities, social science, business and law [AHSSBL].  In addition, support staff are now included. The University of Cambridge is a founder member of the scheme, which now has 114 members, and has held Bronze Awards.

General information about the Athena SWAN initiative, and equality at work in general, can be found on the Equality Challenge Unit website.

More information about Athena SWAN within the University of Cambridge:

Department of Genetics commitment

Athena SWAN Bronze


The Department attained a Bronze Award on 23 April 2015, and is determined to maintain its commitment to support the aims of the charter. This requires us to:


  • Demonstrate particular challenges and plan activities for the future
  • Use quantitative and qualitative assessment to identify challenges and opportunities
  • Have a plan that builds on this assessment, and lessons from any activities already in place

The departmental Athena SWAN panel comprises :

Anne Ferguson Smith,  David Glover, Penny Hayward, Vivien Hodges, Glynnis Johnson, Helen Leggett, Roz McKenzie, Caroline Newnham, Tracy Oakley, Alex Patto and John Welch. It will continue to meet and monitor progress, now that we have attained the Bronze Award.

Useful local links for women working at Cambridge:

National initiatives - finance:

National initiatives - networking:

Upcoming events:

  • 18 Oct - Career Anchors : Identify your strengths and weaknesses. CamAWISE WISEUP Workshop facilitated by Tennie Videler. More info :
  • 15 Nov - Getting noticed on LinkedIn. CamAWISE WISEUP Workshop facilitated by Cathy Sornara. More info :
  • 6 Dec - Winter networking: CamAWISE Steering Group showcase. More info :
  • 1 Feb 2017 - Wine tasting : Women winemakers. CamAWISE. More info :
  • 7 Mar 2017 - Mentoring. CamAWISE WISEUP Workshop facilitated by Natacha Wilson. More info :


The Departmental Equality and Diversity Officer is Roz McKenzie

 Page updated 3 August 2016