Physics department at Durham is awarded Juno Champion status by the IOP

14 July 2017

The University of Durham’s Department of Physics has been recognised as a champion of gender equality in the IOP’s Project Juno initiative.

Physics department at Durham is awarded Juno Champion status by the IOP
University of Durham

The department has been awarded Juno Champion status for its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. It is one of only 18 departments in the UK and Ireland to attain the award in the scheme, which aims to recognise and reward physics departments that can show they have taken action to address the issue of the under-representation of women in physics and to embed better working practices for both women and men.

The Department of Physics was commended for its efforts in embedding the Juno principles. These concern appointment and selection processes that encourage men and women to apply for all academic posts at all levels, career promotion and progression, work allocation, departmental culture and working practices. Under the award, the department has also committed to working on a number of recommendations to continue to enhance equality and diversity.

Professor Simon Morris, head of the Department of Physics, said: “The work put in to achieve this award will help further raise the job satisfaction of all of our staff and in turn that will inevitably lead to better teaching and research. We are committed to offering opportunities to everyone to participate and achieve in physics and will continue to build upon this award.”

Dr Beth Bromley, associate professor in the department, said it had become increasingly understanding and versatile in its teaching methods. “The Juno award is a culmination of a number of years of collaborative work with guidance from the Institute of Physics to enhance the experience for all staff and students in the Department of Physics,” she said.

Dr Julie Wardlow (pictured), in the department’s Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, said: “There are more people that are willing to talk about diversity and there are more people that are open to go to if you have a problem or if you have something you are unsure of. There are people you can trust to talk to here.”

The IOP’s head of diversity, Jenni Dyer, said: “The Institute is delighted that Durham University has achieved Project Juno Champion status, bringing the total number of Juno Champions to 18. The department has demonstrated that it has implemented initiatives to embed gender equality across all that it does, and we congratulate all those involved in this achievement.

“Project Juno continues to deliver real results, demonstrating the efforts that physics departments like Durham are taking to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in physics."