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Dr Susannah Murphy, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, said, "I am delighted that we have successfully renewed our Silver Athena SWAN award. The Athena SWAN initiative has had a hugely beneficial influence on our Department, stimulating many structural and cultural changes that have had genuine positive impacts on the transparency, positivity and equality of our workplace."

The Department of Psychiatry has been involved in the Athena SWAN process since 2011. Awarded a bronze award in 2013 and a Silver in 2014 and now, it has successfully renewed the Silver award.

A strong advocate for the Athena SWAN, Professor John Geddes, Head of Department, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, said, "The Athena SWAN process has been incredibly valuable for us, providing a framework to identify problems and then develop excellent and creative responses. Our Athena SWAN achievements to date have created a fairer and more equal Department, with a slow, but steady, progression of women towards senior posts."

In addition, the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences award was extended for another year at Silver with very positive comments about their trajectory, plans and environment. The Department was highly commended in a number of areas, including: Remote Working Guide, the self-assessment team and process, launch of the part-time DPhil, support for female academics, Carers Career Fund, core hours policy, staff funding opportunities and, the Departments new committee appointment process.

For further information about Athena SWAN