The department of physics has once again been awarded the Athena Silver SWAN Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, recognising exceptional commitment and excellence in the advancement of gender equality.
Launched in 2005, Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) was originally aimed at advancing women’s progression in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), and now has expanded criteria to cover all areas, from students through to academic, support and professional staff.
The department of physics first obtained the Silver award in 2012. Over the years, the department has worked to maintain its diversity by hosting ‘women in physics’ lunches for undergraduates, flexible working, LGBTQ events, the visibility of female speakers in seminars, and various training practices.
Speaking of the award, Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway said: “I’m delighted the department of physics has been successful in renewing their Athena Swan Silver award for another four years.
“The department has worked hard to evidence their good practice with both everyday ways of working and specific initiatives that promote equality.
“I‘m particularly impressed with their enthusiasm for sharing their learning with other departments as we are committed to gender equality and promoting good practice across the university.”
Professor Stewart Boogert, head of the department of physics added: “We have made some significant strides over the years, and our Silver SWAN Award renewal recognises that our core values are making a tangible impact in our department.
“This means our staff and students benefit from an inclusive environment where equality of opportunity is valued. We are committed to continuing our good practice and promoting good practice to all.”
Physics also holds Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics.