Equality and diversity

The Faculty of Science is committed to excellence through inclusion and welcomes staff and students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our goal is to have a motivated and diverse Faculty, where staff and students demand the highest standards from each other and work together to maximise the benefits of difference. Our successes are rooted in the value we place on the roles played by all staff that make our Faculty a remarkable place to work and study.

Athena SWAN


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Our current focus

Faculty of Science Excellence Through Inclusion Plan
Our current Faculty of Science Equality and Diversity action plan can be viewed here:
Excellence Through Inclusion Plan (PDF, 135KB)

Improving our equal opportunities data collection
Knowing the different characteristics of people who make up our workforce is key to understanding and identifying if people with particular characteristics are facing barriers. This data allows us to work out where policies are working, and where we might need to do more, and target our initiatives effectively.

Female academic retention and progression
The under-representation of women in science is well documented. We are committed to addressing the factors that inhibit recruitment, retention and progression of female academic staff. Most departments in the faculty have Athena SWAN awards.

Encouraging all staff to participate in career development activities
We aim to keep all staff informed and ensure they have an opportunity to consider career development through the Staff Review and Development Scheme (SRDS).

Celebrating staff success
We celebrate the diverse achievements of all our staff – below you can see the latest news stories from each of our departments.

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