3 July 2013 12:22

The Physics Department's efforts to increase the representation of women in physics has been recognised by the award of Juno "Champion" status by the Institute of Physics.

The aim of the Juno Project is to recognise and reward departments that can show that they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

The Physics Department has demonstrated that key principles of fairness and equality have been embedded in the organisational framework, appointment and promotions processes, and management arrangements that enable individuals, at all career and life stages, to optimise their contribution to the Department and University.

Particle physicist Dr Laura Kormos, who led the Department's bid for Championship status, said: "This recognition really does belong to the entire Department. I am proud to work with colleagues that value diversity, honesty and openness, and proud of the changes that we've made together. The engagement of the University was also key to this achievement, in particular with the participation of our HR Department."

With the award of Championship status, Lancaster joins a group including just six other UK Physics Departments whose contributions to increasing the representation of women in physics have been publicly acknowledged.

Head of Department, Professor Peter Ratoff, said: "The Physics Department at Lancaster University is already recognised for the quality of its teaching and research. This award highlights the underlying ethos of fairness and collegiality that enables us to compete at the highest levels."


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