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School of the Biological Sciences

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The School holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award recognising our commitment to gender equality and to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all.

The Athena Swan Charter is a framework used worldwide for promoting and reshaping gender equality in higher education and research settings. It was first established in 2005 to foster and acknowledge efforts to advance the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) employment.

The Charter has since evolved to tackle gender equality more broadly, promoting inclusivity in all roles, including professional and support staff, as well as across arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law.


Read the School of Biological Sciences application


Returning Carers Scheme

The Returning Carers Scheme is open to all members of staff in the University, offering financial support to staff whose work-life has been disrupted due to a career break for caring responsibilities. The fund should be used to promote career development or enhance work opportunities. Find out more about the Returning Carers Scheme.

Support for Research Fellows

The School aims to attract a diverse community of the very best Research Fellows, supporting them with mentoring researcher development training and a defined career progression pathway to enable them to achieve their full potential. Find out more about the Research Fellowships scheme.

Student Support

The University provides a wide range of services and initiatives to support students at Cambridge, including counselling, healthcare, financial and academic support. Additionally, student services run a campaign – called ‘Reach Out’ - encouraging students to seek help if they need it and also signposting to the range of services available. Find out more about the Student Support.