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The Department of Genetics supports Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN : A charter for women in science 

The Athena SWAN Charter, a national initiative launched in June 2005, recognises and celebrates institutions' commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The University of Cambridge is a founder member of the scheme, and has held Bronze Awards.

Department of Genetics commitment

The Department is determined in its commitment to support the aims of the charter, and is currently working to achieve a Bronze Award, which 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

An internal committee [Anne Ferguson Smith, Viji Draviam, David Glover, Vivien Hodges, Sara Imarisio, Glynnis Johnson, Roz McKenzie, Peter McQuilton, Tracy Oakley and Penny Hayward] will encourage participation and assess our progress prior to application in November 2014.

For more information about Athena SWAN, please see the following pages:

And here are some further useful links for women working at Cambridge:

If you have any comments or suggestions, please to send an email.

See also our page of helpful links on balancing work and family life at Cambridge