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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory

The University undertakes many initiatives aimed at promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. The Women in Physics web pages provide a focal point to highlight news and events which support the career development of women in physics, particularly at the Cavendish.


The Department of Physics has achieved the first Athena SWAN gold award for the University, for boosting the role of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments.


The principles underlying the Athena SWAN awards, and supporting women in Physics, have driven much of the activity in Career Management and Development for contract research staff. All contract research staff, college research fellows and those on personal fellowships are encouraged to take full advantage of the whole range of activities and programmes which are available to help them develop their career to the next stage.

The Case for Diversity

For International Women’s Day 2017, Cavendish Inspiring Women organised a day of festivities, including the official launch of the Cavendish values by the Head of the Department, Prof Andy Parker and the Chair of the Athena-SWAN Self-Assessment Team, Dr Rachael Padman. As part of the activity, Cavendish Inspiring Women recorded a short (2 minute) video which you can find here.

Cavendish Inspiring Womxn

Cavendish Inspiring Womxn (CiW) is a student-led group from the University of Cambridge dedicated to promoting and supporting the success of women and non-binary people pursuing studies and careers in physics.

We aim to encourage school-aged girls to study physics through our outreach events and to create a network of support for those already at university with our mentoring scheme. We also organise talks by successful womxn physicists about their work in academia and offer numerous social events throughout the year. CiW is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs here in Cambridge.

For more information from the CiW Group, please see