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Cavendish Laboratory Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness

The Cavendish Laboratory is committed to providing a community where all have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are incredibly proud of our efforts over the last 5-10 years which have increased the representation of women throughout our teaching and research activities. This has been accompanied by a culture change at every level which has greatly improved equality, diversity and inclusiveness within the department. We are currently working on efforts to target EDI issues surrounding race and LGBTQ+.

Cavendish Commmunity Forum
The Cavendish Community Forum was formed in 2019 and continues the efforts of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment team 2016-2018.
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Terms Of Reference

  • To grow our diverse, equal, and inclusive community here at the Cavendish for all staff, students, and visitors;
  • To create a representative and inclusive community here at the Cavendish, with equal opportunities for all;
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of issues regarding equality, diversity, inclusiveness, well-being;
  • To better understand factors contributing to an environment that may be less welcoming to underrepresented groups, and constitute barriers to the creation of an equal, representative, and inclusive community;
  • To consider areas for development and make recommendations regarding the community to the Department;
  • To monitor and maintain the Athena Swan Action Plan and ensure items are addressed; (the delivery of Athena Swan and Juno schemes is mandated by the Personnel Committee)
  • To provide support and guidance for initiatives such as Wellbeing and CiW within the Department.

Who is involved?

Everyone! Representatives at the CCF are

  • Dr. Tina Potter (chair), Academic
  • Liz Hewitt (secretary), HR
  • Prof. Andy Parker, HoD
  • Gillian Weale, Departmental Administrator
  • Prof. Val Gibson, Academic, University of Cambridge Equality Champion
  • Helen Marshall, Undergraduate Administrator
  • Sol Miah, HR & Events Mott Hub
  • Prof. Ulrich Keyser, Academic, Director of Graduate Education
  • Dr. Ulrich Schneider, Academic, Director of Undergraduate Education
  • Dr. Rachael Padman, Academic, Director of Education
  • Dr. Suchitra Sebastian, Academic
  • Hope Bretcher, PhD student, CiW representative
  • David Rudderham, Soft Facilities Coordinator
  • Dr. Beth Tennyson, Research Staff
  • Prof. Pietro Cicuta, Academic
  • Mike Moriarty, Head of IT
  • Richard King, Undergraduate Laboratory Manager
  • Dr. Sarah Williams, College Lecturer at Murray Edwards
  • Peter Norman, Laboratory Superintendent
  • Gina Warren, School of Physical Sciences E & D consultant


Recent Efforts Include