Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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The School of Biological and Environmental Sciences is committed to developing an equal and diverse environment, where all individuals can achieve their potential, and fostering an inclusive and supportive community, free from discrimination and harassment.

"We aim to reduce and eliminate inequalities in student access and recruitment, continuation, attainment, and progression. Our goals include increasing access for students of diverse ethnicities, eliminating the ethnicity attainment gap, eliminating harassment, and fostering a strong and inclusive community, where all students feel they belong in science. Our staff goals are to eliminate inequalities in staff recruitment, career development and progression, and working practices, and foster an inclusive and supportive culture and working environment."

The University does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. All individuals must be treated with dignity and respect: staff are expected to abide by the Staff Code of Conduct and Staff Dignity At Work Policy and students are expected to follow the Student Code of Behaviour.

We’d like to invite you to reflect on how unintentional biases may arise with this great 3-minute video on unconscious bias in science from The Royal Society.

Key activities in 2021/22

So far, the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences have:

  • established the BES EDI group and the BES Student EDI group
  • analysed BES student demographic and attainment gap data to inform our 2021/22 objectives
  • set up anonymous online forms, one for staff and one for students, to raise issues/suggestions on EDI matters
  • collaborated with students to design and run a Student Harassment Survey to gain data to inform actions
  • won funding, from the Teaching and Learning Academy, and supervised two BES student internships to address inclusivity in the curriculum
  • began decolonising the curriculum by conducting an audit of current and planned delivery of a decolonial perspectives in all programmes
  • submitted an Athena Swan departmental application to advance staff and student gender equality in April 2022