The Institute of Ophthalmology is committed to pursuing the aims of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena Swan Charter, which recognises advancement of gender equality. The Institute was awarded the Silver Athena SWAN Award in September 2013, recognizing commitment to advancing Women’s careers in STEMM academia. It is our intention to attract and retain world-leading scientists to a gender-equal environment conducive to career progression and the generation of life-changing advances in the field of eye and vision research.
The Athena SWAN charter changed in 2015 to include professional and support staff, and trans staff. To reflect these changes, and to stress our goal in challenging all inequality, the local team has changed its name to the Equality Challenge Team, and we will work towards ensuring good practice and support for all.