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Department of Plant Sciences


We currently hold a bronze Athena Swan Award.

The Department of Plant Sciences is proud to be a supportive environment, and is committed to ensuring all can reach their full potential, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religious belief or disability.

Read the case studies illustrating how the Department’s activities have benefited careers.

The Department's Equality and Diversity Committee provide a focus for our efforts. We are working hard to support and recognise the achievements of both female and male staff, through adopting best practice in the workplace. The Committee has the following aims:

  1. To achieve greater awareness of equality and diversity issues within the Department.
  2. To take the lead role in implementing and monitoring the Athena Swan Action Plan.
  3. To prepare future Athena Swan Award submissions, including gathering and analysis of data.
  4. Disseminate good practice and information from the University’s Athena SWAN team.

The Committee is currently constituted as follows:

Member Role and relevant experience
Mrs Catherine Butler Department Administrator; parent of one, took one year of maternity leave, returned under flexible working arrangement. Advises staff on parental leave/flexible working.
Dr Jeongmin Choi Post Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Jennifer Deegan 9 year post-doctoral career, now stay-at-home parent to one son. Research working from home funded partly by University equipment grant.
Dr Claudia dos santos Martinho Research Associate
Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker  
Dr Marla Fuchs  
Prof. Beverley Glover  
Ms Nicola Gorringe Postgraduate student
Mrs Sally Hames Administrator; parent of 3 children overseeing group with members with young children and flexible working. University Dignity@Work contact (3 years)
Mr Del Hawtin Finance manager, parent of one, and working 9 day fortnight under flexible working agreement.
Mr Jake Moscrop Postgraduate Student
Prof. Alison Smith Head of Department; 2 adult children and responsible for elderly mother in Cambridge; progressed from fixed-term teaching position to Professor.
Mr Matthew Stancombe  
Dr Gita Yadav DoPS Indo-UK Lecturer. Hindu. Parent of two children under 7. Allowed flexible travel to meet inter-continental family commitments.


We publicise our activity via a regular item in the Departmental newsletter and a dedicated notice board near the tea room.

Members of the Department should feel free to contact us about any issues - or suggestions - on , or by contacting any member of the committee individually.

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