Athena Swan application highlight: Development of flexible working policy

Our previous application for an Athena Swan bronze award identified the need to promote flexible working in the School. We have responded by:

  • Clarification of the flexible working policy included in the School of Biology Handbook.
  • Case studies of staff who have benefited from flexible working included on E&D website.

Six members of staff (5 female, 1 male) have applied for a formal flexible working contract over the past 3 years, and all were successful.

The flexible working practices have been a major factor allowing me to progress in my career and take on new challenges following on from my maternity leave” – Female Research Staff, School of Biology.