Equality and Diversity in Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES) division
BES Equality and Diversity initiatives
Return-to-work fellowship scheme for female staff returning from maternity leave
This six month period without any teaching activities allows female lecturing staff returning from maternity leave to focus solely on their research. More information about the scheme and the application form can be found on the return to work form.
Academic staff positions are made available as part-time/ job share
Since August 2014 we have ensured that all academic positions (lecturer-level and above) are advertised as available part-time.
Maternity leave for all funded female research postgraduates
We have recently implemented a new scheme whereby RPGs without externally or University-funded maternity provision have this paid for by BES.
Our other initiatives include ensuring that meetings and seminars are held within core hours (10am-4pm), actively promoting leadership training, providing mentoring opportunities and encouraging representation of women at all levels e.g. at open days, on committees, for seminars and on recruitment panels.
Equality and diversity across the University
In 2013 the University received an institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award for its commitment to equality and diversity. The University’s equality, diversity and inclusion webpages provide a wealth of information its approach to championing equality and diversity, including policies on:
- maternity and paternity leave
- flexible working
- parental leave
Staff training and development
As highlighted in the University’s Strategic Plan, the university is focused on staff development to help everyone reach their potential. The University has a range of training and development opportunities available to all staff and students including events explicitly targeted at equality issues such as training on cultural awareness and unconscious bias.
The University offers a range of leadership programmes tailored specifically at women to promote gender equality. These include programs relevant to staff at different stages of their career from new lecturers to those moving into leadership positions.
If you have any further queries please contact Kirsty Park.