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The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at Oxford University is very proud to receive an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of its commitment to tackling gender inequality; as announced by the Equality Challenge Unit today.

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Athena SWAN Silver awardEstablished in 2005, the Athena SWAN Charter aims to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in academia.

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences is committed to the advancement of women in science. Through the Athena SWAN initiative, we are actively working to improve the representation of women in STEMM in higher education and research and are looking forward to launching our ambitious action plan designed to tackle equality and advancement of our staff over the coming years.

Dr Claire Edwards, the NDS Athena SWAN champion, and Head of Department Professor Freddie Hamdy said: 'We are delighted that the Nuffield Deptartment of Surgical Sciences has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award. Our goal is to ensure that NDS is a place where everyone is given the support and opportunity to achieve their full potential. We are proud of the positive changes within the department and this award reflects our progress on our journey to ensure we provide an inclusive, diverse and world-class department.'

Read more about the University of Oxford's participation in Athena SWAN.

Download our Athena SWAN Silver Award application (April 2016). 

Download the most up-to-date version of our action plan (September 2020).

Further information on NDS’s work to advance women in science.

 

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