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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

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

The departmental  Equality and Wellbeing Committee [previously the Athena SWAN Panel] comprises :

Anne Ferguson Smith, Roz McKenzie, Caroline Newnham, Alexis Braun, Michaela Frye, Mark Hammond, Penny Hayward, Kadri Oras, Helen Leggett, Sam Lewis, Miriam Lynn,  Anood Sohail, John Welch

The group continues to meet and monitor progress, and is now working on applying for the next Award.

The Departmental Equality and Diversity Officer is Roz McKenzie

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 5 Jan 2017