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Athena SWAN at Pirbright

The Pirbright Institute has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award by demonstrating its commitment to the Athena SWAN principles.

The Athena SWAN Award application was prepared by an Institute research and administrative staff panel. This involved an overview and analysis of the Institute and its female staff and students, supported by data relating to the gender balance, promotion, recruitment, family-friendly provision and other areas of particular relevance to women in their careers. An action plan submitted in conjunction with the application sets out 13 objectives for us to implement; some relate to existing practice and others are new initiatives. Activities that contributed to the Institute’s success include mandatory diversity training and the buddy system. The Institute will now be taking forward its action plan with a view to applying for a Silver Award in due course.

Head of Human Resources at the Institute, Carol Smith said: “We have all put a lot of hard work into securing this award and we are fully committed to raising the Institute’s profile as one of the key globally recognised scientific research organisations where woman are supported to progress their careers. We are delighted to have won a Bronze Award and will strive to further improve equality in science in a bid to champion opportunity for women in scientific research and achieve a Silver award next time.”

Director of The Pirbright Institute, Professor John Fazakerley, said: “We are building on our recent success in recruiting world-class, early career scientists, currently 30% of whom are women, to develop a team of successful and influential female staff at all levels in the Institute. We all learnt a good deal more about the Institute and how we do our business during the Athena SWAN assessment - we will embed what we have learnt into our Institute vision and strategy which is regularly monitored and updated.”

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