“Juno Practitioner” status awarded to the School


The School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded “Juno Practitioner” status by the Institute of Physics. 

Project Juno recognises and rewards Physics departments and schools that address the under-representation of women in university Physics. It also encourages better working practices for both women and men. The “Juno Practitioner” award recognises the excellent work done by the School to apply the Juno programme’s principles.

Cait MacPhee, the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Juno Champion, said: “We are delighted that the IoP has awarded us Juno Practitioner status and we are eager to move forward to become Juno Champions.

“Our submission highlighted some areas of which we can be very proud, including increasing equality of representation in academic staff, and our higher-than-the-national-average proportions of women at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We will focus now on career development for all staff and students, to ensure equality of opportunity for men and women at all stages of their career.”

The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) has given high priority to Project Juno, with all its partner institutions signing up to the Juno principles. Edinburgh and Glasgow universities have both now successfully achieved “Practitioner” status.

The five Juno principles are:

1) a robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward;

2) an appointment and selection processes and procedures that encourage men and women to apply for academic posts at all levels;

3) departmental structures and systems which support and encourage the career progression and promotion of all staff and enable men and women to progress and continue in their careers;

4) departmental organisation, structure, management arrangements and culture that are open, inclusive and transparent and encourage the participation of all staff;

5) flexible approaches and provisions that enable individuals, at all career and life stages, to optimise their contribution to their department, institution and to SET (science, engineering, technology and the built environment).