Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

  The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to providing an equitable environment for study and work, in line with the principles of Project Juno of the Institute of Physics.  Specifically, we seek to ensure that we provide an environment in which women and men can thrive at all study, career and life stages.  Our commitment was recognised in October 2011 by the award of Juno Champion status, and further recognised by the award of an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2013 (which has just been re-awarded in October 2016), in view of positive steps taken in this direction.  We were especially heartened that our Juno Champion status was reconfirmed in January 2015.  

Whilst we have focussed on gender equality to date, we recognise that this work towards promoting an equitable environment is also beneficial to members of other groups who have historically been discriminated against in society.  

The University is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, and undergraduate students from Physics and Astronomy have set up oSTEM Glasgow to support LBGTQ+ students in the sciences.

The University is committed to supporting disabled staff and students, and further information can be found through the Disability Service.

We are delighted that there are women at all levels of the school, from a significant percentage of our undergraduate classes, through to several Professors.  There has been major progress over the past years in increasing our fraction of female academic staff.  Nevertheless, we recognise that there is still a long journey ahead before we have the levels of gender equality in our school that are seen in some other countries.  One key point in working towards equal opportunities is to recognise the current issues, and an important tool in this is to maintain reliable statistics of gender balance at all career stages, and to make these publically available.  We have records for this going back about 15-20 years, and these are summarised below and on the succeeding pages.  

Our undergraduate intake typically consists of about 20-25% women, and this ratio varies little throughout all classes through to graduation and this has changed little in the past 15 years, as shown in Figure 1 below.  

Further analysis of our progress in gender equality since 1998 is detailed on succeeding pages (linked from the left hand menu bar), providing more detail for specific groups of students and staff.

‌There is also a Juno section on the Physics and Astronomy Moodle site at http://physci.moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=260  and a Juno committee oversees our actions, which includes 4 members of permanent academic staff: Dr Morag Casey, Dr Sarah CrokeProf Lyndsay Fletcher, and Dr Ian MacLaren, and as well as PDRA and PG research student representatives.  Please contact us for more information.