Equality and Diversity
The School of Biological Sciences is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all staff and students. Equality means ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs. Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people's differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.
Who we are and what we do:
- Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Professor Sinead Collins
- College Dean of EDI in Systemic Inclusion – Professor Karen Halliday
- SBS Diversity and Inclusion Office – Kate Thornback
- EDI Administrator – Louise Bishop
The EDI leads, in conjunction with the Head of School, Director of Professional Services, SEC and the SBS EDI Advisory Group shape and direct EDI actions at the School of Biological Sciences.
In 2020/2021, some key activities were:
- Compiled and ran a Covid-19 Staff Survey and 2021 Follow Up Surveyto gain data on the impacts and disruptions for different types of staff.
- Undertook a thorough Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) on new work procedures and return to campus plans for the School during and after the initial Covid-19 lockdown periods.
- Brought together a group of staff and students to brainstorm what and ideal School of Biological Sciences would look like in 2030 from and EDI perspective.
- Published a statement on tackling racial inequality and established an online form where staff and students can anonymously or not anonymously record their experiences with, or comments on racism, harassment or microaggressions. The School is also working, along with College level colleagues to decolonise the curriculum.
In 2021, the leads will work further with the SBS EDI Advisory Group, continue collecting data from staff related to the impacts of Covid-19 disruptions, develop a comprehensive EDI Strategy for the future amd respond to staff, students and sectoral needs.
Please direct questions to sbs.EandD@ed.ac.uk.