Institute of Astronomy

E&D Activities

At the IoA, we are very serious about promoting equality and diversity in our working environment. As part of this we follow the principles of the Athena SWAN charter and the Institute of Physics' Project Juno.

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The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005. Its initial objective was 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. The scope of the charter was expanded in 2015 to include the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), 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.

The aim of Project Juno is to recognise and reward physics departments, schools, institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff.

Recently we achieved Juno Practitioner status and we received an Athena SWAN bronze award . Below you can find more information about what we are doing to improve and sustain a workplace in which everyone can thrive.

Award feedback from the Athena SWAN panel. (PDF)

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Our Action Plan and survey results

​Our action plan is motivated by the responses to a questionnaire we sent to all staff and students in October/November 2016.

Read our full action plan.

Staff and student survey results

Read summary of the 2016 survey results. (PDF).

Read summary of the 2018 staff and student survey results. (PDF)

Meet the IoA's Equality and Diversity Committee

Members of our large Equality and Diversity Committee represent all groups, and include males and females at all career stages: undergraduate, postgraduate student, postdoctoral research associate, public astronomer, academic faculty and administrators. Many of the committee members experience dual career family life including caring responsibility for elderly parents.

There are four working groups:

WG1 - Web pages: Mary, Anjali, Luis and Goska

WG2 - Bullying and Harassment: Ian, Ghina, Colin and Anna

WG3 - Under-representation of women: Catrina, Chris, Amy

WG4 - Fairness of pay: Colin and Postdoc committee.

Committee members

Mandakranta Banerji

Amy Bonsor

Martin Bourne

Catherine Clarke

Carolin Crawford

Colin De Graf

Catrina Diener

Anna Hourihane

Mark Hurn

Sophie Koudmani

Nimisha Kumari

Angela Macharia (Institute Administrator and Secretary of the E&D Committee)

Nikku Madhusudhan

Richard McMahon (Director of the Institute of Astronomy)

Ian Parry (Chair of the E&D Committee)

Anjali Piette

Christopher Reynolds

Debora Sijacki

Christopher Tout

Malgorzata (Goska) Van Leeuwen

Dominic Walton

Luis Welbanks Camarena

Clare Worley

Mark Wyatt

Diversity at the IoA

At the IoA we are proud to support people from all backgrounds and genders. You can read about the experiences of some of our staff and students on Selected Biographies page.

IoA in the public eye

The IoA aim​s to inspire members of the public from all backgrounds through our impressive outreach programme. We host both public observing nights and community group/school visits.

Page last updated: 1 August 2019 at 17:22