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Athena SWAN

The Babraham Institute received a silver Athena SWAN award in April 2015 and joined the 132 Members and 463 Institutions and Departments that hold Athena SWAN awards in the UK. The award recognises the Institute’s existing good practices and our plan to build on these to further progress equal opportunities. The information below provides links to the Institute’s application and action plan plus details on the membership of the Institute’s self-assessment team.

About the Athena SWAN charter
The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. The Charter was launched in 2005. Athena SWAN awards recognise good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM. The Charter believes that an organisation must have institutional support and underpinning institutional good practice, policies and procedures in place in order to achieve and sustain an award.

BI fully commits to the core principles of the Athena SWAN Charter:

1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular, addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including:the relative underrepresentation of women in senior roles in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL) and the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM)
4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by trans people.
8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

Institute’s silver award application and action plan
Please note, in order to avoid identifying individuals in sensitive subject areas, a small number of sections in both documents have been altered or removed.

Babraham Institute Athena SWAN silver award application
Babraham Institute Athena SWAN action plan

Contact: Elizabeth Wynn, equality4success Manager