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Champions extol the virtues of Juno

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Project Juno
The Institute of Physics (IOP)’s Code of Practice was developed in response to a recommendation of the International Perceptions of UK Research in Physics and Astronomy report that a special focus to attract and retain women in physics is needed.  The Code is based on best practice identified from IOP’s Women in University Physics Departments: a Site Visit Scheme, which ran from 2003 to 2005.  It sets out practical ideas for actions that departments can take to address the under-representation of women in university physics and emphasises the need for dialogue, transparency and openness.

There are three levels of engagement with the Code.  As a Supporter, physics departments endorse the five principles set out in the Code of Practice. Practitioner status requires the department to demonstrate that its Juno journey is well underway and an initial evidence-based action plan demonstrating how the department aims to achieve Champion status is created.  As a Champion, physics departments are confirmed to have met the five principles set out.  There are now six Champion departments, nine Practitioners and 20 Supporters in the UK and Ireland.

For further information, go to www.iop.org/juno