QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.
The school becomes only the 13th in the country to be awarded Champion Status, the highest of three levels awarded to those taking part in the IOP’s Project Juno. The award recognises that the school has embedded Project Juno's principles in all five areas: equality of opportunity and reward; appointment and selection processes; career progression; departmental organisation; and flexible approaches that allow individuals to optimise their contribution.
Jennifer Dyer, our Head of Diversity at IOP, said, "The Institute strongly encourages all physics departments to embed gender equality in all that they do and to work towards achieving Juno awards by providing positive and constructive feedback on their progress against the Juno principles. Juno creates an inclusive working environment that supports the development and progression of all staff, regardless of gender."
The panel particularly commended the school for establishing a fund specifically to take action on Juno issues and for its transparency efforts with a 'You said, We did' section on the Project Juno pages of their website. The promotions process was also singled out as 'particularly excellent' and gender monitoring of attendance and coursework submission was called 'excellent practice'.