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Physics wins Juno Award for equality and diversity

Physics wins Juno Award for equality and diversity

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Durham University’s Department of Physics has been rewarded for its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.

The Department of Physics at Durham has been awarded a second accolade for its approach to equality and diversity, having had its Juno award submission assessed in April by Athena SWAN. This award will be presented during a ceremony at the University of Glasgow on the 4th December 2017.

Athena SWAN is a charter with the aim of advancing the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). To join the charter, institutions must indicate they will address 6 areas of concern including the high attrition rate of women in science. Athena SWAN has the support of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and the UKRC. The charter is funded by ECU, the Royal Society, the Biochemical Society, and the Department of Health.

In obtaining the Silver award, Physics have shown they're taking action in response to previously identified challenges and the impact of that action has been evaluated and recognised.

This follows on from the department obtaining Juno Champion Status from the Institute of Physics (IoP) for its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace, and is one of only 18 departments in the UK and Ireland to hold this award. Project Juno is a national scheme that aims to recognise and reward physics departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in physics and encourage better practice for both women and men. Read more...

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics

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A new home for the science of the Universe at Durham.

Monday 19 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

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Universe lights up new Ogden Centre

The celebrations began on Thursday, 9 March, with a series of talks from leading figures including architect Daniel Libeskind, Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, and prominent astrophysicists Professors Hiranya Peiris, Mark Hannam and Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC).

Lord Rees unveiled a plaque commemorating the official opening of the centre on South Road, Durham City, UK, on Friday, 10 March.

The opening celebrations also saw a free public showing of light and sound projection Worlds, Systems & Creations featuring stunning computer simulations of the Universe carried out at the ICC

On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March, visitors were able to learn more about the Universe through a series of outreach activities including the chance to build a Universe with the Universe Creator, take a virtual reality "Tour of the Cosmos" and watch the 3-D movie Cosmic Origins; created by the ICC.