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The School wins Juno Champion Status

The Juno award from the UK Institute of Physics (IOP) recognises university physics departments who are working to develop an equitable working culture in which all students and staff, men and women, can achieve their full potential. This School won "Juno Practioner" status back in 2013.

Our School's Equality and Diversity Committee, chaired by Dr Vivienne Wild (right) and with representation from students and staff in the School, has worked with colleagues to improve our day to day processes further with the aim of producing as good a working environment as possible.

Aspects of the work included making our aims of equality and diversity more obvious through a section of the School web site, monitoring educational outcomes as a function of gender, implementing more family-friendly School policies, successfully lobbying for a University nursery, introducing a core meeting hours policy, surveying students and staff, and publishing expectations for academic staff for reduced teaching following return from maternity leave. In November 2016 the committee submitted an application for "Juno Champion” on behalf of the School. We have just learnt that the application was successful, and the School now has this highest level of award for equality and diversity from the Institute of Physics. There are now three physics departments in Scotland's universities with this recognition, and 17 across the UK.

The Juno Champion award is broadly equivalent to Athena Swan Silver.

Professor Graham Turnbull, Head of our School and centre person in the picture alongside, said: “We are delighted to receive the Juno Champion award from the Institute of Physics. Since becoming a Juno practitioner in 2013, the school has worked hard to deliver on our goals for equality of opportunity and reward for all staff and students. Our percentages of female staff and students currently exceed the national averages for physics and astronomy, and we are committed to building on our Champion award to further improve our positive working environment for all, and continuing to address the under-representation of women in the physical sciences.”

Championing diversity and equality is an important part of what we do, and there remain areas that we are committed to working further on. Any member of the School with concerns or suggestions is invited to contact Dr Wild.

First posted BDS 7.2.17