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International Women’s Day

An Athena SWAN Gold Award cake and a video to celebrate International Women’s Day.

A group of people holding up the Athena SWAN gold award logo cake

On 7th March 2018, just in time for International Women's Day, we celebrated our Athena SWAN Gold Award with a big themed-cake, in an event organised by the Career Development Committee. 

As part of the event, Eleanor Riley gave a seminar on "Malaria, neutrophils and invasive bacterial disease". Members of the Committee and the Postdoc Society had a stall with information for staff and students including:

We are proud to promote gender equality, champion good practice to encourage women’s career development and support parents and carers. We have been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2011 – and we are one of only 10 departments and institutes across the UK to hold the Gold Award.


For International Women’s Day on 8 March, we asked staff at the Easter Bush Campus about women who inspired them. As you can see in the following video, from Marie Curie to their colleagues, inspiring women are everywhere.

Women’s Day at the Pirbright Institute

Professor Helen Sang – Head of the Developmental Biology Division at The Roslin Institute – has been invited to International Women’s Day celebrations at the Pirbright Institute.

Helen spoke about The Roslin Institute "journey" from Athena SWAN bronze award, through silver to gold, our guiding principles, what we have learned along the way and some suggestions of actions to implement. Judith Batchelar - Director of Sainsbury's Brand at Sainsbury’s - talked about how her career had developed and gave advice to early career staff and students.


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