School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at SBCS

SBCS is a member of the Athena SWAN charter, which was established by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), now member of Advance HE.

The charter aims to “drive forward the cultural and systemic changes needed if institutions are to remain competitive and attractive to talented staff and potential students in a global market.” SBCS holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award since 2018  and is looking to build on this achievement in its next application.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Key achievements

  • Substantial increase in number and proportion of women academics in the School across the grades from Lecturer to Reader
  • An increase in the number and proportion of academics from ethnic minorities
  • More role models for our predominantly female undergraduate students
  • Development of a supportive and collegiate environment in the School

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) at SBCS is responsible for delivering on the SBCS Athena Swan Action Plan 2018-2022 [PDF 237KB] and promotes workplace inclusion to ensure that no one feels left out because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or other factors such as social background.

The major goals of the EDIC for the next 4 years are:

  • To increase the proportion of women at senior level, specifically at professorial level to at least four (from the current one, a 4-fold increase).
  • To increase the proportion of women at postgraduate (research) and postdoctoral level by 6 %, to achieve gender balance.
  • To analyse our staff and student data in the context of protected characteristics to understand the individual needs and enabling everyone to reach their full potential.

Participate in a working group

Would you like to get involved? Do you have ideas for improvement in specific areas? We have established working groups that are responsible for specific actions. Please contact the relevant lead. 


For any queries about Athena SWAN and how it benefits you as a member of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences please contact our Committee Co-Chair Dr Anna Pachol:

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