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The Equality Challenge Unit announced today that the Department of Oncology and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences have been awarded Athena SWAN silver awards for their commitment to advancing women's careers in academia. The Medical Sciences Division now holds 16 silver awards, with all clinical departments holding silver awards. 

Silver Athena SWAN awards are presented by the Equality Challenge Unit in recognition of an organisation’s response to identified challenges and demonstration of the impact of their equality and diversity policies. 

Attaining the silver award is an important milestone working towards equality and diversity.

Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences Head of Department, Professor Freddie Hamdy, commented: "We are delighted that the department has been awarded an Athena Swan Silver Award. Our goal is to ensure that the department is a place where everyone is given the support and opportunity to achieve their full potential. We are proud of the positive changes within the department and this award reflects our progress on our journey to ensure we provide an inclusive, diverse and world-class department."

Claire Shingler, Operations Manager in the Department of Oncology, said:  “We are delighted to have achieved the Athena SWAN silver award as these issues are extremely important to us. We have some exceptionally talented scientists and non-research staff in the Department of Oncology, many of whom are women, and we want to celebrate their achievements. Nonetheless, we recognise that in order to nurture and grow this talent, we need to constantly strive to offer an inclusive environment in which both women and men want to study and work and where their careers can flourish."

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