Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Athena SWAN at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

In May 2015 the Athena SWAN Charter was expanded to not only support good employment practices for women working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research, but to also recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The Athena SWAN application process has given us the space to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality. Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

In 2012 our efforts in areas highlighted in the Athena SWAN principles at that time, which focussed on women working in STEMM, were recognised with a Bronze award valid for four years. Going forward we are working with the new Charter principles that now recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. Our dedicated Athena SWAN Committee is driving change within our department and involves representatives from across the spectrum of department's membership. In particular we have been active in supporting "returning" scientists and have hosted a number of Daphne Jackson Fellows in recent years.

Our 2012 Bronze award application is available to read here, as is our action plan. We are confident that we can continue to bring positive change within our department and will be submitting a new application to the Athena SWAN panel within the next year.

Please contact our Athena SWAN committee for further information:

Chairperson: Dr Zoe Barber (
Secretary: Dr Rosie Ward (

You may also find links useful:

University of Cambridge links

External links

  • Daphne Jackson Trust - dedicated to realising the potential of scientists and engineers returning to research following a career break
  • Royal Society Dorothy Hodgson Fellowship - for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.
  • Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowships - for postdoctoral scientists who have recently decided to recommence a biomedical scientific research career after a continuous break of at least two years.
  • Cambridge AWISE - Connecting and Inspiring Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.
  • WISE - a campaign to promote women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).