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Athena SWAN at the Addictions Department

Athena-logo-puffWe are pleased to announce that the IoPPN has been granted the Athena SWAN Silver Award, a charter that promotes gender equality and the careers of women in science.

About the Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in 2005 and recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). It is vital that women are adequately represented in a historically male-dominated area in order to benefit from the talents of the whole population, inspire the next generation and therefore advance science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine around the globe.

The principles that were set up by the Athena SWAN Charter are:

    • Addressing gender inequality requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
    • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
    • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications which the organisation will examine
    • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
    • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognise
    • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organisation

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience was awarded the Bronze award in 2008 and was awarded the Silver award in May 2015.

Congratulations to all involved including the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and the Addictions Departmental Working Group.

Working with the Charter is helping the department to follow best practice for not just women, but all staff.

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