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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a national scheme to promote women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). As a founder member and institutional award holder, the University is actively engaged in promoting the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and encourages eligible Departments to participate in this important initiative. Nationally, there are over 90 member institutions, including 23 of the 24 Russell Group Universities.

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN silver award and has an Athena SWAN working group tasked with identifying and driving a Departmental action plan. As a result, the Department has made significant progress in its provision for researchers working through its actions and targeting the following key priorities: 

  • Improve the proportion of women Undergraduate and Post Graduate Students
  • Support the recruitment, retention and promotion of female staff
  • Provide a culture where everyone can succeed

This includes a staff review and development scheme, a mentoring scheme for contract research staff and the introduction of leavers questionnaires to help us celebrate and improve.

Chemistry in Cambridge

Chemistry in Cambridge aims to support fundamental science of the highest quality in a first class physical environment. The Department includes a large number of internationally recognised research groups covering an exceptionally broad spectrum of chemical science ranging from molecular biology to geophysics. Our enthusiastic research culture embraces new challenging areas, including strong collaborations with other academic disciplines and institutions, while maintaining a powerful presence in the traditional core areas of chemistry.

The Chemistry Department hosts around 200 postdoctoral research staff, over 250 postgraduate students, and around 60 academic staff, including newly independent researchers and over 100 support staff.

Three strategic collaborative research areas unify the development of research within the Department:

  • Chemistry of Health aims to advance the understanding of health and disease in a number of areas that are of global importance: these include ageing, cancer and infection.
  • Sustainable Energy, Environment and Climate aims to increase understanding of the impact of chemical processes on the environment and to develop sustainable energy systems.
  • Innovative Molecular and Materials Design aims to transform the development and assembly of important functional chemicals to produce new high-value products that will lead to novel applications in health care, agriculture, energy and consumer products.

Commitment to the University Mission and Core Values

The Department is committed to:

These embrace the framework in which the Department operates and the requirement that we create and maintain an environment that is free from all unlawful forms of discrimination and unacceptable behaviour such as racial, sexual and disability harassment, as well as bullying. If you ever feel that these freedoms are being violated you should talk to the Head of Department and/or line manager.

Our Departmental Vision, Mission and Values

Our vision is to enhance our reputation as a world-class teaching and research institution which is recognised for its innovation, excellence and discovery, and attracts the best students and staff worldwide.

Our mission is to maintain a Department that is regarded as equal to any in terms of its relevance of teaching and research, its quality of support and facilities and the learning opportunities and working experience it offers.

We aspire to values which are based on the highest professional and academic standards in terms of personal growth and satisfaction offered to our staff and students, growth and excellence in what we do, teamwork that is based on respect, trust and integrity, and innovation to promote growth and value to our research sponsors.

Committees

The Department has a number of Committees representing staff, operational and research matters. Each has its own staff committee that reports to the Staff Management Team to ensure that employee-related issues and ideas are given the time and attention they deserve, well communicated and escalated as appropriate. 

The structure of the Department and its Departmental committees is available on the Departmental Committee pages.

Personnel

Title 

Name

Ext.

Email

Head of Department

Dr James Keeler

36341

chemhod@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Secretary to the Head of Department

Chloe Barker

36339

chhodsec@cam.ac.uk

Deputy Head of Department 

- responsibility for staff

Dr Nick Bampos

62970

nb10013@cam.ac.uk

Academic Secretary

(Departmental Administrator)

Dr Howard Jones

36068

hrnj1@cam.ac.uk

Support Services Manager

(Departmental Administrator)

Marita Walsh

36453

mjw91@cam.ac.uk

Departmental Safety Officer

Dr Richard Turner

63936

rmt35@cam.ac.uk

Building Services Manager

Matthew Bushen

36429

mtb32@cam.ac.uk

Finance Manager

Ann Searle

62937

ars28@cam.ac.uk

Graduate Student Adviser

Dr Rachel MacDonald

62031

rmm73@cam.ac.uk

Research Grants Adviser

Sue Cowen

68212

ss799@cam.ac.uk

Welfare, Training and Development Adviser

Kathleen Pickett

36448

kjp45@cam.ac.uk

Senior Librarian

Clair Castle

36329

cmc32@cam.ac.uk

 

Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

The Department’s research structure is organised around five Research Interest Groups (RIGs). Most staff participate in more than one RIG; this interaction benefits research in all of the groups.