Cranfield University has added its support to the ‘Women in Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Charter’ launched today at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The charter is a commitment by the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Defence and signatory organisations, to work together to build a more balanced and fairer industry. 

The Charter reflects the aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across aviation, aerospace and defence companies and commits them to:

  • support the progression of women into senior roles in the aviation, aerospace and defence sectors by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level.
  • recognise the diversity of the sector and that firms will have different starting points - each firm should therefore set its own targets and implement the right strategy for their organisation
  • publicly report on progress to deliver against these internal targets to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University, said: “Cranfield has got a proud history in aerospace and an exciting future, leading developments in the global aviation industry. As a university with an Athena Swan Bronze Award, we have made diversity a priority for the organisation. Organisations that embrace diversity thrive and we wholeheartedly support and embrace this charter.”

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