The School takes equality and diversity very seriously and has done so consistently, for a long time under the leadership of several Heads of School.
We have had an active Diversity and Inclusion Committee for over a decade. The fraction of women Research and Research and Teaching staff in our school is higher than the national average for physics, and we have an active outreach programme aimed at, amongst other things, improving the number of women who study physics at undergraduate level.
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.
The School’s Diversity and Inclusion 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 Diversity and Inclusion committee, which contains links to their staff profiles.
In addition to implementing the University's Equality & Diversity strategies the School also offers:
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 - Janette Dunn and Meghan Gray.
Previous Diversity Committee newsletters (.pdf):
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