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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.

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

The Department’s application to renew its Athena Swan Bronze Award was attained on 18 October 2018.  We are 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

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The Department of Genetics is committed to the University's Dignity at Work policy. Incidences of bullying and harassment are wholly unacceptable and members of the department are encouraged to report any such incidences.

The Departmental Equality and Wellbeing Committee comprises:

Nicola Burgess, Billy Curtis, Carol Edwards, Anne Ferguson-Smith, Lottie Groocock, Amir Hay, Miriam Lynn, Naomi Moris, Sudhakaran Prabakaran, Meg Staff and John Welch.

The Committee continues to meet on a termly basis and monitor progress.

Please see the section of the website for Department members for links to information about Equality and Diversity, Bullying and Harassment etc

A list of local initiatives, meetings, funding opportunities, etc, aimed specifically at women, can be found on this website

Page updated 9 Nov 2018