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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, successfully receiving our first 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, Diane Foster, Cezary Kucewicz, Helen Lonergan, Miriam Lynn, Claire O'Brien, Emma Rawlins, Alex Sossick, Anastasia Sybirna and Jelle van den Ameele.


We were successful in our application in November 2017 to renew our Bronze award

...which now lasts until November 2021. Download our renewal application here. We will begin implementing actions immediately and over the course of the next four years, as described in the action plan that can be found at the back of the document.


Resources on diversity and unconscious bias

  • 'Understanding Unconscious / Implicit Bias' is an online course on the University Moodle site (Raven login required, self enrolment).
  • 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
  • Inspiring stories and advice from women at all levels of seniority working at the University of Cambridge: The Meaning of Success (online and hard copy versions available).  

We welcome comments and suggestions from all Institute members about equality and related issues

Please  Anonymous comments can be left in the Equality Working Group pigeonhole.

Information on what do when you have concerns or need help is provided here.