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The Department of Oncology was awarded a departmental Athena SWAN Silver award in 2016 following a successful Bronze award in 2014, in recognition of its commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality, and of its efforts to improve the working environment for both men and women.


The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. The Charter was launched in June 2005, and aims to address gender imbalance within STEMM, recognising the importance of the role that all members of the science community play in the progression and advancement of the field.

The process gave us the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, current organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). Athena SWAN also offers a valuable framework for introducing cultural changes that create a better working environment for both men and women.

The University of Oxford is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and holds an institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award. Read more about the University of Oxford's participation in Athena SWAN.



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