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Cavendish awarded Athena Swan Gold award

last modified May 01, 2014 11:08 AM

I am delighted to announce that the Cavendish Laboratory has been awarded an Athena Swan Gold Award. Our award, along with the other winners, will be published in the Times Higher Education supplement today. We are the first Department in Cambridge to reach this very high standard and, we believe, the first Physics department in the country.

 Our Equality and Diversity team, led by Val Gibson and David Peet, have been engaged in a long-term effort to ensure that the Department provides a welcoming and supportive environment for our female staff and to remove barriers to their progression.  It is very clear that these measures have benefited all of our staff. I am proud that our efforts have been recognised by the Athena Swan panel.

 We intend to build on this success in the future and to engage with other Departments in Cambridge and beyond to address the continuing under-representation of women in in STEM subjects.

 My warm congratulations to everyone who has contributed to this great success!

Official Athena Swan Release

With best wishes,


Prof M.A.Parker
Head of Department