The Institute was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in October 2018. This recognises our 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 was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM employment in higher education and research.
In 2015 the charter expanded to include all people working in any academic institution, and all genders . Our team's make-up and actions have changed accordingly to include Professional Services Staff. To reflect these changes, as well as to stress our goal in challenging all inequality, the team changed its name to the Equality Challenge Team. We are working towards ensuring good practice and support for all.