School of Physics & Astronomy

Project Juno

Project Juno, initiated by the UK Institute of Physics, encourages good practice for management for all staff in university physics departments.

The School of Physics and Astronomy was awarded Juno Champion status in January 2017.

Juno is one of a set of linked diversity and equality schemes; in particular, that set includes the Athena SWAN project. In that spirit, the School’s Juno committee considers and acts on all diversity and equality issues.

The Five Principles of the Project Juno Code of Practice are:

  • Principle 1: A robust organisational framework to deliver equality of opportunity and reward.
  • Principle 2: Appointment, promotion and selection processes and procedures that encourage both men and women to apply for academic posts at all levels.
  • Principle 3: Departmental structures and systems that support and encourage the career progression of all staff and enable both men and women to progress and continue in their careers.
  • Principle 4: Departmental organisation, structure, management arrangements and culture that are open, inclusive and transparent and encourage the participation of all staff.
  • Principle 5: Flexible approaches and provisions that encompass the working day, the working year and a working life in SET and enable individuals, at all career and life stages, to maximise their contribution to SET, their department and institution.

In a film released on International Women's Day, Friday 8 March 2013, six departments - all of whom have been awarded Institute of Physics' (IOP) Juno Champion status for efforts to overcome barriers to women in the subject - explain how their involvement in Project Juno has led to better working environments for all staff, regardless of gender. You may watch it at:

Our School's Juno committee is chaired by Dr Vivienne Wild, and amongst other members also includes Prof Graham Turnbull, our Head of School.

The Juno project is all about making sure that the School is taking appropriate action to include as diverse a range of people as possible, with a particular focus on the under-representation of women among PhD students, postdocs, and academic staff. This involves making sure that the School and University deal fairly with those with childcare responsibilities, as well as those who need or want flexible working arrangements. If there is an issue that you think the Juno Committee should be considering, please contact Dr Vivienne Wild, who will see that it is raised at the next meeting.

Project Juno Pages at the Institute of Physics

School Equality and Diversity Web pages