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Equality Working Group (formerly Athena SWAN)

The Gurdon Institute supports equality in the workplace


Beginning as a charter for women in science...

The Athena SWAN charter, launched in June 2005, recognises and celebrates institutions' commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine employment in academia.  The Charter is founded on six principles, including the requirement to change cultures and attitudes within organisations that have resulted in the under-representation of women in science, and to tackle gender inequalities.

The Gurdon Institute made a commitment to support the aims of the charter, established an internal committee to encourage participation and assess progress, and submitted an application to Athena SWAN in April 2014. We were successful and received our Bronze award in November 2014.


...we now work towards equality for all

The Institute’s Athena SWAN committee has now evolved into our Equality Working Group.   Current members are: Daniel St Johnston (Chair), Julie Ahringer, Andy Bannister, Fabian Braukmann, Suzanne Campbell, Ann Cartwright, Diane Foster, Claire O'Brien, Eugenia Piddini, Alex Sossick, Vasja Urbancic, Jelle van den Ameele and Kevin Coutinho.

This group will work towards submitting an application for the Silver Athena SWAN award in November 2017.


Resources on diversity and unconscious bias

  • Animated video on unconscious bias from the Royal Society
  • Diversity resources from the Royal Society
  • Paper describing empirical test of an intervention to increase faculty gender diversity in STEM [JL Smith et al. 2015 BioScience 65 (11): 1084-1087].
  • The Implicit Association Test for measuring implicit attitudes


We welcome comments and suggestions from all Institute members.  Please  click here to send an email. Anonymous comments can be left in the Admin pigeonhole.