Statement on Athena Swan Silver Award

The University of Cambridge have just announced the retention of their Silver Athena SWAN award. CUCU congratulates the staff whose hard work went into this submission and recognises that participation has prompted the University to commit to a range of gender equality initiatives. However, Athena SWAN is no silver bullet in resolving gender inequalities. In fact, the targets and action plans set out in Cambridge’s recent Athena SWAN submission fall disappointingly short of what one would expect from a leading university that prides itself on innovation and excellence.