Cambridge Physics Department earn silver for female opportunity

Cambridge’s Physics Department earned a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its commitment to the recruitment, retention and progression of female staff.

The scheme celebrates higher education institutions and individual departments that provide positive employment opportunities for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET).

The Physics Department was one of two in the country to achieve this year’s Silver Award and is the first department at the University of Cambridge to be recognised at such a high standard.

Physics Professor Val Gibson, said: “I am delighted that the commitment of the Physics Department to women in science and to providing a working environment and culture that is open and fair to all has been recognised with the Athena SWAN Silver Award.”

Awards will be presented at a celebratory lunch on September 16 at the Royal Society in London.

The Charter began in 2005 and is funded by the Equality Challenge Unit and the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET.

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