IOP names two more university departments as gender equality champions

5 February 2016

The physics departments at the University of Manchester and the Open University have been named as champions of gender equality by the IOP.

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The two departments are the latest to be awarded Juno Champion status, which recognises their commitment to embedding equality and diversity. They join 13 other physics departments who have become Juno Champions – the highest level awarded within the IOP’s Project Juno – having progressed from being Juno Supporters and then Juno Practitioners.

To be granted Juno Champion status, departments must demonstrate that they have embedded the five principles of Project Juno. These concern appointment and selection, career promotion and progression, departmental culture, work allocation and flexible working practices. Departments must also have a framework in place to deliver equality of opportunity and reward.

The IOP’s head of diversity, Jenni Dyer, said: “The Institute is delighted that the University of Manchester and the Open University have joined our list of Juno Champions. They have worked tirelessly to embed gender equality into their respective physics environments and we congratulate all those involved in this achievement. Project Juno continues to deliver real results, demonstrating the efforts that physics departments are making to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”

Dr Sally Jordan, head of the Open University’s Department of Physical Sciences, said she was thrilled that the department’s work to improve equality and diversity had been recognised. She said: “We will continue to work to improve the opportunities and support that we provide for all our staff and students, but this award acknowledges the huge progress that we have made, and our growing influence on others.”

Professor Stephen Watts, head of the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy, said: “I am delighted that the IOP has awarded Juno Champion status to the School of Physics and Astronomy in recognition of the determined efforts by staff and students in the school to embed the Juno Principles into all our activities. We will not rest on our laurels and will continue to work to these principles and explore new ways to deliver equality of opportunity to all.”