School of Economics

Equality and diversity

The School of Economics, as part of the University of Edinburgh, is fully committed to promoting and maintaining equality and diversity among staff and students. We believe in treating all fairly, regardless of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

How can we promote equality and diversity?

  • treating all staff and students fairly
  • creating an inclusive culture for all staff and students
  • ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable students to fully participate in the learning process
  • enabling all staff and students to develop to their full potential
  • equipping staff and students with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination in their work/study environment
  • making certain that any learning materials do not discriminate against any individuals or groups
  • ensuring policies, procedures and processes don't discriminate

By following the above, we ensure that staff and students are treated fairly and equally, allowing us to recognise, respect and value our differences. 

For information on the University of Edinburgh's policies and strategy, please visit the Equality and Diversity Homepage

Athena SWAN 

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter supports women in science, engineering and technology, and in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law and in professional and support roles. 

Athena SWAN awards (formerly the Gender Equality Charter Mark, or GEM) recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM in academia, and work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law. Universities must achieve at least a Bronze award before individual departments can apply for recognition at bronze, silver or gold level in their own right.

The logic behind this is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for a department to sustain the level of e.g. a Silver award without university support and underpinning university good practice policies and processes.

Membership of the Charter also can help universities fulfil their public sector equality, duty, work towards sustaining equitable working environments and identify themselves as employers of choice, not only to their staff, but to students, funders, Research Councils and industry.

The School of Economics is now in receipt of the Athena SWAN Bronze award.