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Babraham Institute achieves new Silver Athena SWAN award

News from: The Babraham Institute

One of BBSRC’s strategically funded institutes has been awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award for the way it works to embed equality.

Silver Athena SWAN awards recognise a significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality. The Babraham Institute’s application built on the progress and achievements made since the Institute’s original award in 2015. These include establishing a post-doctoral researcher mentoring scheme, appointing an Equality and Diversity Manager to oversee and coordinate the Institute’s equality4success programme, and working to increase the visibility of women, especially at senior levels.

For a Silver award, institutions need to demonstrate how the principles of Athena SWAN are strongly embedded within the institution and be able to demonstrate the impact of activities on gender equality.

Chair of the Institute’s self-assessment team, Dr Cheryl Smythe commented: “We are delighted to have secured this Silver award, particularly given the wider remit of the new charter. The progress made at the Institute in increasing awareness of the issues around gender equality and implementing more inclusive practices and procedures has led to visible change. All staff now have a real appreciation of the central importance equality holds at the Institute.”

Challenges remain, such as the gender balance of women in senior roles at the Institute, both within research and in the Institute’s management. The Institute’s Board of Trustees have demonstrated commitment to this challenge, setting a target of 30% of women at the level of senior group leaders and head of departments and above by 2022.

Dr David McAllister, Strategic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at BBSRC said: “BBSRC would like to congratulate the Babraham Institute for the work they have done to embed equality and achieve recognition with a new Silver Athena SWAN award. The awards are important recognition for the way institutes adopt a range of key principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture. Well done to everyone at Babraham on this latest success”.

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