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Equality Working Group (formerly Athena SWAN)

The Gurdon Institute supports equality in the workplace

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

...which lasts until November 2021. Download our renewal Application or just the Action Plan. We have begun implementing actions and will continue over the course of the next four years, as described in the action plan.



The Equality Working Group

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 to indicate that we are interested in improving work conditions and careers for all members of the Institute.

Current EWG members (as of October 2018) are: Daniel St Johnston (Chair), Julie Ahringer, Hansong Ma, Andy Bannister,  Diane Foster, Cezary Kucewicz, Helen Lonergan, Sylviane Moss, Miriam Lynn, Claire O'Brien, Emma Rawlins, Peter Williamson, Robert Arnes, Jelle van den Ameele, Bishara Marzook, Edo Dzafic, Ragini Medhi and Fiona Jenkinson.


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.