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The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee has worked to introduce many initiatives to raise the profile of women in science. A few examples are the ‘Redressing the Balance’ seminar series, posters highlighting eminent women in science, a 'Women in Science' Facebook Page and our new E, D, I blog.

Additionally, there have been many equality-based initiatives of benefit to all staff such as the introduction of a School flexible working policy, transparent and fairly advertised appointments to School Committees and senior leadership roles and workshops to support promotion applications.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Sophie Lester Lab


Commitment to all staff

The School of Biosciences is committed to supporting career development and working to Athena SWAN principles for all our staff through its action plans for academic staff and for administrative, professional and managerial staff and technical staff.

Hear more of our staff and students discuss multiple gender-based topics on our Testimonials page, and visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion intranet resources.

We are very keen to hear about any issue that impacts on equality, diversity or inclusion. Please use our contact form to report any issues. Any enquiries will be treated as anonymous.

Current award status

The School of Biosciences has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver award holder, which recognises the advances we are making in gender equality.

Athena Swan Silver

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The School’s 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. You can view a full list of personnel involved with the 2017 committee.

For further information, please contact the Chair of the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Dr Kirsten Whitehead.


School policies

In addition to implementing the University's Equality & 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.

Supporting female students

We have long established systems for supporting female students. We pair female students in a tutorial group, which also guarantees at least two female students in all laboratory and workshop groups. Feel free to approach any member of staff if you have any concerns.

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


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