We are committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the Department becomes a richer and more diverse place to work and study.
Our Department's Equality & Diversity Committee (EDC) acts as a forum for discussing equality and diversity policies, practices and priorities, at all levels, and makes recommendations as appropriate.
The EDC advises the Head of Department on strategic policy developments relating to equality and diversity, their integration into the Department’s overall strategic plans and on their implementation.
We are very pleased to announce that our Department has been awarded a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) Bronze Award. The GEM is the extension of Athena SWAN to arts, humanities and social sciences and contributes to promoting gender equality in the academic environment.
So far we have improved our staff induction programme, ensured departmental-wide participation in unconscious bias training and enabled more staff to get involved in leadership and development programmes.
The GEM award required us to focus on staff, but with the creation of the EDC we intend to expand our remit to include our entire student body.
Besides implementing the Gender Equality Action Plan, the EDC is also a forum for discussing and improving our Department’s practices and policies in connection with age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Any staff or student can speak confidentially to an EDC member.
The implementation of equality and diversity policies not only represents the full commitment of the department to create a more just and equal environment, but also the willingness to achieve and ensure excellence in all aspects of teaching and research.