Athena SWAN action plan

Implementation of the Athena SWAN action plan is now accessible to all staff, and can be viewed here. Further information on our Athena SWAN silver award submission and feedback can be found here.

January 5, 2019 | New BE&D initiatives


School of Biology receives an Athena Swan silver award

The School of Biology is delighted to be awarded an Athena Swan silver award. This is the culmination of work by the Biology Equality and Diversity committee, led by Sascha Hooker, on behalf of all staff and students who  responded …

May 7, 2018 | Celebrating success


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 …

April 27, 2018 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan application highlight: Engagement with HR policy revision

The BE&D committee has provided substantial and detailed feedback (both solicited and unsolicited) on HR policies when issues arise. For example: Keeping in touch days (for those on parental leave) are paid at 1/365 annual salary compared to strike days …

March 2, 2018 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan application highlight: Changes in promotions procedure

In Oct 2015, BE&D reviewed the University’s promotion procedures and, together with the School of Psychology’s E&D committee, produced a joint paper to the Principal’s office. A number of changes were made as a direct result of this review, including: …

February 9, 2018 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan application highlight: Actions undertaken by the E&D committee

The Biology Equality and Diversity Committee has been busy over the past couple of years. The timeline highlights the activities and actions initiated and undertaken by the Committee. These activities will continue on a regular basis, plus new ones are …

January 21, 2018 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan application highlight: Committee turnover policy

Committee turnover policy (excerpt from our submission)                              Goal: unbiased representation for committee members and chairs Action: Development of an advisory tenure for committee chairs (3-5 years dependent on committee) and policy for opening up positions to new applicants: Advertisement by email …

January 12, 2018 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan application highlight: Unconscious bias

Unconscious bias (excerpt from our submission) In 2016 we increased frequency of monitoring of staff training completion, sending bi-monthly reminders to staff who had not undertaken relevant modules. We have increased uptake: Bias training increased from 17% (2015) to 76% …

December 21, 2017 | Silver Athena Swan application


Athena Swan silver award submitted

The School of Biology has successfully submitted their application for an Athena Swan silver award. Many thanks to Sascha Hooker and the rest of the Equality and Diversity committee for their hard work putting the application together. We will be …

December 1, 2017 | Silver Athena Swan application