School of Physics & Astronomy

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Physics

The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to inspiring our students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the local and global communities. The School endeavours to create an environment which is not only free from discrimination, but celebrates and values diversity. This both reflects and is fundamental to achieving our goals. We are committed to ensuring that each person, regardless of heritage or personal circumstances, will have the opportunity to give their best and be appropriately recognised and rewarded for their contributions.



Presentation by Dr. Jess Wade, at the first Post-Graduate Women in Physics Conference, held in Nottingham in March 2020.


We have had an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for over a decade, which works to ensure that everyone in the school feels included and is able to thrive while working or studying with us.In 2020 students in the School of Physics and Astronomy were 29% Female, 71% Male, and 16% Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), 82% White.  Staff in the school were 26% Female, 74% Male and 12% Black and Minority Ethnic, 82% White making our school more diverse than the average Russell Group Physics Department. We have an active outreach programme aimed at, amongst other things, encouraging students from groups that are currently under-represented to consider studying physics at undergraduate level.

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

We have received Silver Athena SWAN awards in 2017 and 2010 in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. Our application and action plan can be found here.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Equality and Diversity Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of policies/activities to help provide a working and studying environment that all colleagues value and appreciate. We aim to deliver and maintain a well-balanced diversity of gender and ethnicity across all job families in the School of Physics.

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


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
  • whole-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, but we have two identified female members of staff with whom female students can discuss problems - Karen Mullinger and Meghan Gray.

Equality and Inclusion in Science and Engineering

Anne McClaren Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female scholars in science, technology, engineering and/or medicine at the early stage of their academic careers. The Fellowships enable female researchers in STEM subjects – often under-represented in these areas - to establish independent research careers.


Achievements and awards


Committee members


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