Athena SWAN

The Institute holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of our continued dedication to equality and diversity and our commitment to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter.

Principles of the charter

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation
Professor Tom Walley

We are proud to see female colleagues leading the world in their areas of research. We strongly support the principles of equity and opportunity for all colleagues enshrined in Athena Swan, and work hard to implement these principles in all we do

Professor Tom Walley, Dean of Institute