Institute of Astronomy

IoA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 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.

On this page:

Athena SWAN and Juno

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.

In 2017 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.

Feedback on our award from the Athena SWAN panel. (PDF)

Useful links:

Code of Conduct

Our Action Plan and survey results

​Our action plan was initially motivated by our first Athena SWAN bronze application and the responses to a questionnaire we sent to all staff and students in October/November 2016.

Read our full action plan (PDF)

This survey has been repeated every year and in 2019 there was a Culture and Communication Review at the IoA.

Survey and Review Summaries

Meet the IoA's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Members of our large Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee represent all groups, and include females and males 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.

EDI Committee members

  • Steven Young
  • Mark Wyatt (Co-Chair of the EDI Committee)
  • Clare Worley (Co-Chair of the EDI Committee)
  • Luis Welbanks Camarena
  • Dominic Walton
  • Malgorzata (Goska) Van Leeuwen
  • Sam Turner
  • Aoife Simpson
  • Debora Sijacki
  • Andrew Sellek
  • Nina Sartorio
  • Erik Rosenberg
  • Laura Rogers
  • Annabelle Richard-Laferriere
  • Christopher Reynolds
  • Amy Rankine
  • Anjali Piette
  • Deborah Peterson
  • Gudrun Pebody
  • Francisco Paz-Chinchon
  • Ian Parry
  • Richard McMahon (Director of the Institute of Astronomy)
  • James Matthews
  • Kasey Mandel
  • Nikku Madhusudhan
  • Angela Macharia (Department Administrator and Secretary of the EDI Committee)
  • Sophie Koudmani
  • Jeffrey Jennings
  • Mark Hurn
  • Anna Hourihane
  • Paul Hewett
  • Susan Hatley (Secretary of the EDI Committee)
  • Martin Haehnelt
  • Remington Free
  • Anastasia Fialkov
  • Wyn Evans
  • Chiara Eleonora Scardoni
  • George Efstathiou
  • Colin De Graf
  • Francesca De Angeli
  • Carolin Crawford
  • Susan Cowell
  • Alison Cook
  • Mandy Cockrill
  • Catherine Clarke
  • Anthony Challinor
  • Giorgia Busso
  • Andrew Buchan
  • Matt Bothwell
  • Amy Bonsor
  • Jake Bennett
  • Vasily Belokurov
  • Rahma Alfarsy

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: 13 September 2022 at 12:49