February 26, 2018, by Simon Langley-Evans
Equality and Diversity in Biosciences
Welcome to the new blog site for Equality and Diversity (EDI) in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham.
Here in the School we have a vision to be an outstanding place to work. At the heart of that vision is providing a culture in which all people feel valued, that their opinions are listened to and that they have the chance to develop their careers along their chosen pathway. To be able to deliver this the School has to provide equality of opportunity to all, regardless of their sex, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or any other characteristic. As Head of School I have a strong belief in this principle and try my best to apply it to the work that we do.
Over the last few years we have made great progress as a School. We’ve embedded transparency of our processes and policies into our work. Everyone should be able to see how we operate and understand how to either progress their careers or access the help that they need to maintain their work through long-term ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We have submitted an application for an Athena SWAN silver award (results awaited anxiously) and are integrating EDI matters into all of our key decision-making committees.
This blog has been established as a means by which we can communicate openly about EDI issues in our School. It is intended to be a focal point for discussions of these important matters. We hope to see the blog develop quickly and gain momentum as a place where we can promote activity in our School, share best practice and learn from the experiences of others. Among our planned pieces are spotlights on individuals in the School, talking about how they have reached their current positions and the challenges that they have encountered along the way.
If you would like to contribute a piece to the site, please contact me directly or Kirsten Whitehead, who is the Chair of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Head of School