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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Committee and Working Groups

Terms of Reference

The Committee aims to identify and spread best practice in support of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences. Read the full SBBS EDIC Terms of Reference [PDF 127KB].


Committee members:

Working groups:

Working group Lead Area of responsibility
Governance and policies

Prof Richard Pickersgill

Dr Guifen Chen
Improve staff and student data collection; clearly define EDIC roles and facilitate smooth transition of EDIC roles; ensure actions are relevant and reviewed regularly.
Academic staff recruitment, development and progression Prof Richard Pickersgill Support the development and progression of academic staff; facilitate gender balance at all academic levels; facilitate improved and more proactive promotion procedures; improve research support for mid-career female academics; improve fair teaching evaluation of female academics.
Professional staff recruitment, development and progression TBC Support the development of professional services staff, provide adequate training opportunities and opportunities to discuss career progression; recognise and reward excellent performance; improve communication and clarity about the bonus scheme; ensure there are adequate opportunities for all professional services staff to demonstrate excellent performance.
UG student recruitment and career support Dr John Apergis-Schoute  Attract, support and retain undergraduate students; increase proportion of Chemistry students on MSci programmes; increase numbers of male students on undergraduate programmes; ensure entry requirements have no gender bias. 
PDRA recruitment and career development

Dr Ozge Eyice- Broadbent

Dr Michael Emmerson

Facilitate Postdoctoral Reseach Assistants' career progression.
PG student recruitment and career development Vicky Man

Attract, support and retain postgraduate students; increase proportion of female postgraduate research students in biology.

Technical services staff recruitment, development and progression

Sian Cooper

Dr Petra Ungerer

Improve career development of technical services staff including improvement of training opportunities, participation in mentoring scheme and supporting bonus scheme applications
SBBS culture (diverse inclusive working and studying environment) Dr Giulia De Falco Ensure all staff benefit from the positive actions of EDIC; implement an effective induction; further improve gender balance in all committees; build an inclusive environment; celebrate success.
Work-life balance Dr Nathan Emery Provide comprehensive support before, during and after parental leave as well as long-term sickness, chronic conditions and mental illness. 
Communication and Marketing Ellie Marshall Improve communications of EDIC and raise awareness of staff initiatives; develop the EDIC web pages; ensure appropriate representation of all groups in our marketing and promotional material.
Intersectionality Dr Daniel Bor Evaluate how combinations of protected categories  (i.e., age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability) and other category memberships (e.g., class, education) can influence opportunities and outcomes for staff and students; Identify and challenge barriers across the EDIC remit to ensure equity and inclusivity for all staff and students.


Action Plans:

Minutes from Athena SWAN self assessment team and EDI committee meetings:

2022 Minutes

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2012 Minutes

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