School of Biosciences
Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to supporting career development and working to Athena SWAN principles for all our staff

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee are keen to hear about any issue that impacts on equality, diversity or inclusion. Any submissions will be treated as anonymous.


Our achievements

  • We raised the profiles of all UK protected characteristics in a science context including seminars, our EDI blog and Initiatives to raise the profile of women in science, BAME alumni and LGBT+ role models in a poster series
  • Our Athena SWAN Silver award was renewed in May 2024 recognising our progress in gender equality and provision of including the Sutton Bonington Campus Parenting Room located in the Gateway building.
  • Several equality-based initiatives include flexible working, transparent and fairly advertised appointments, and workshops to support promotion applications.

  • We proudly celebrate the Women in Biosciences who have inspired us throughout the generations.

  • Full description of our campus on AccessAble including quiet spaces and gender neutral toilets.

  • Our community generated Behavioural Charter supports and celebrates equity, valuing all individuals for who they are.

School policies

In addition to implementing the University's Equality and Diversity strategies, the School also offers:

  • paid maternity leave for Home/EU postgraduate research students
  • informal flexible working
  • reduced teaching and administration duties for staff returning from maternity leave
  • School meetings, events and training held in core hours.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI)

The School of Biosciences EDI Committee develops and implements strategies and policies to ensure that staff and students are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic/national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious/political beliefs, family circumstances or sexual orientation.

It has representation from academic, technical, research and administrative staff together with undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For further information, please contact the Chair of the committee, Professor Sean May.


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Equality and Inclusion in Science and Engineering

School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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