Successful IOP Juno Champion award renewal

The School of Physics and Astronomy has had its status as Juno Champion renewed in recognition of our continuing efforts in addressing gender equality and fostering a more inclusive working environment.

Project Juno is a national scheme operated by the Institute of Physics (IOP) that recognizes and rewards physics departments that have taken action to address gender equality and to encourage better practice for all staff . The School was first awarded Juno Practitioner in 2010 and progressed to Juno Champion in 2014. The Juno Champion award and the Athena SWAN Silver award are reciprocal awards.

Prof Arthur Trew, Head of School, School of Physics and Astronomy reported:

I am extremely pleased that the work we have done, and continue to do, to make the School a fairer place to work has been recognised by the IOP with its Champion-level award for Equality and Diversity. This is not the end, and we aim to improve our ways of working further over the coming years.

Prof Annette Ferguson, Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics & Astronomy commented:

It has been a great pleasure to contribute to the School's Juno Champion renewal process and I am delighted that our continuing efforts to address gender equality and encourage good practice have been rewarded.

Dr Job Thijssen, Director of Equality & Diversity, School of Physics & Astronomy said:

Having our IOP Juno Champion award renewed demonstrates the School’s continued commitment to take action to address gender equality. I would like to thank all the members of the School’s Equality & Diversity Committee, both past and present, for their invaluable contribution to the School’s Juno application. I look forward to continue to work with students and staff to promote an inclusive culture within the School.

The School’s Equality & Diversity Committee welcomes the encouraging and constructive feedback from the IOP’s Juno Assessment Panel. Juno is an ongoing activity, and we look forward to undertaking the work that is to be done while we, as a School, work towards Juno Excellence.