Juno assessment panel

The Practitioner and Champion awards are assessed by the Juno Assessment Panel, which meets twice a year.

The Panel comprises a Chair and at least five other members. With the approval of the Chair of the Panel, and the IOP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, panel members are drawn from Juno Champion and Practitioner departments. The Panel shall include at least two academic physicists and one non-academic physicist. There shall be at least one man and one woman on the Panel.  

The current members of the Juno Assessment Panel are:


  • Professor Nicola Wilkin, University of Birmingham (Chair)
  • Physics representative from industry, AWE
  • Dr Susan Burrows, University of Warwick
  • Dr Gillian Butcher, University of Leicester
  • Dr Miriam Byrne, NUI Galway
  • Professor Farideh Honary, Lancaster University
  • Professor Cait MacPhee, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Peter Main, King's College London
  • Dr Matthew Mears, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Victoria Pearson, Open University
  • Professor Niranjan Thatte, University of Oxford
  • Elizabeth Whitelegg, Open University

The Panel will review the evidence that a department or school has submitted and will agree whether to award Practitioner or Champion. The Panel’s decision is final. 

If you are awarded Practitioner status, you will be given three years in which to apply for the Champion award. Of course, there is nothing to stop you applying for Champion earlier than this, or even in the same year as Practitioner. If you are not ready to apply for Champion status at the end of the three years you are eligible for a three-year renewal of your Practitioner status.

If you are awarded Champion status, you will have to renew this every four years. The Diversity Team will give you information on how you should do this.

If your application for Practitioner of Champion is unsuccessful, your Supporter of Practitioner status will be automatically renewed for a further three years, within which time you will be expected to reapply for the award. The Diversity Team will support you as much as it can to achieve this.

If you are planning on making a submission, please get in touch with the Diversity Team as soon as possible so that we can give you advice and guidance on the application process.

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