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The Gurdon Institute


"... to ensure that we provide the necessary support structures to enable all members of the Institute to have fulfilling and successful careers, while achieving a reasonable work/life balance." Professor Daniel St Johnston, Institute Director 2009-2018

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In 2015 it was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff


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 its first Bronze Award in November 2014.

The Institute was successful in its renewal application in November 2017. We have begun implementing actions and will continue over the course of the next four years, as described in the action plan.