School of GeoSciences

Equality Diversity & Inclusion

The School is committed to creating a culture where all staff and students are treated with equally, with respect and feel safe and fulfilled within our community. We welcome and support freedom of thought and expression and, whilst promoting these values, we must ensure we create a culture where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The School is committed to creating a culture where all staff and students are treated with equally, with respect and feel safe and fulfilled within our community

If you have concerns about the way you are treated, or are approached by someone who has raised concerns, refer to the guidance on raising or receiving concerns about bullying, harrassment or victimisation

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We recognise the range of diverse individuals who are involved with the School and the University, and who make us such a great place to study and work, and we welcome and support freedom of thought and expression.  Whilst promoting these values, we must ensure we create a culture where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and we are comitted to working to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage. 

The School is aligned to the University's vision of a continuing commitment to equality and diversity for both students and staff, within the framework of the Equality Act 2010. 

Equality means ensuring people are not treated differently or less favourably on the basis of their specific protected characteristic, including race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age.  Promoting equality should remove discirimination in all these areas. Bullying, harrassment or victimisation are also considered equality and diversity issues. 

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.

We aim to: 

  • Treat all staff and students fairly
  • Create an inclusive culture for all staff and students 
  • Ensure equal access to opportunities for students to fully participate in the learning process 
  • Enable all staff and students to develop their full potential
  • Equip staff and students to challenge inequality and discrimination in their work/ study environment
  • Ensure that learning materials do not discriminate against any individuals or groups 
  • Ensure that policies, procedures and processes don't discriminate

The School's Equality and Diversity Committee supports the implementation of the University's Equality and Diversity Strategy and plays an active role in facilitating an inclusive and convivial workplace in the School of GeoSciences through implementation of our Equality Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

 

Athena Swan

The School is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education research. It is an initiative of th Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which works to further support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across all four nations of the UK and in colleges in Scotland. 

The School was awarded a Silver Award in 2016, following on from a Bronze award received in 2013. 

Athena SWAN department level awards recognise that in addition to university-wide policies the school is working to promote gender equality and to address challenges particular to the discipline. The Award highlights the school's commitment to advancing women's careers and will provide impetus for further improvements. 

Our current Silver Award was led by Dr Niamh Shortt, assisted by a School wide Athena SWAN Self Assessment team. It has helped us bring Equality and Diversity, and gender equality in particular, to centre-stage of the School's working environment. It has helped us both celebrate achievements and recognise and take action in areas requiring further improvement. Applying for the Award meant the School undertook a wide ranging Self Assessment exercise, looking at all aspects of the role of women as both students and staff within the School, including representation, progression of students in academia, journeys through career milestones, and working environment for all staff.

Since receiving our first Bronze Award and our subsequent Silver Award, the School has been focussed on raising awareness of Athena SWAN and gender equality issues throughout the School. This includes for example, unconscious bias training, career coaching and ensuring gender balance on interview panels. We have hosted a range of events including career paths in academia and the Women in Science and Engineering Day which has included several high profile speakers including Laura Bates (founder of the Everyday Sexism website) and Dame Professor Athene Donald. 

The 2016 Award includes a comprehensive action plan over three years identifying a very wide range of actions the School will take to promote the role of women in science and technology subjects. 

 Geosciences Athena Swan Silver Submission 2016 (966.66 KB PDF)

 GeoSciences Athena SWAN Action Plan 2016 (732.34 KB PDF)

University Athena SWAN Webpage