Introduction from the Head of Department

I am fully committed to providing a working environment where people from all genders and backgrounds are treated equally and given the opportunity to thrive. We are working to continually identify and address any barriers to women entering science and advancing to the highest levels. Working with the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno and the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena Swan Charter we are striving to overcome under-representation of women in science. Finally, as a father I want my daughter to have the same opportunities to succeed that I have had.

Professor Nick Stone, Head of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

For more information on activities of the group and support available please visit the Physics and Astronomy Athena SWAN pages.

Project Juno

In February 2013, we were delighted to be awarded practitioner status for Physics under Project Juno, which we have successfully renewed for a further 3 years until 2018.   This scheme is run by the Institute of Physics and, like Athena SWAN, aims to identify the barriers to progression for women in academia and to improve and promote good working practices which will benefit all staff and students. There are three levels of Juno awards – Supporter, Practitioner and Champion. Obtaining the practitioner award has been highly commended by the University, and will help us towards our aim of achieving Athena SWAN silver status.

In order to achieve a practitioner award, the Discipline had to illustrate that they are working towards implementing all 5 Juno principles. The discipline must demonstrate:

1. A robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward;

2. 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.

For more information, please see the Physics Juno page, or the Institute of Physics information on Project Juno.

Supporter of the Institute of Physics 'Project Juno' award.