The Norwich Medical School is committed to supporting equality and diversity throughout our school community. The SEESAW committee, (Supporting Excellence Equality and Satisfaction for all at Work) is working to implement the ethos of Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN charter embraces good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM
We support and our supported by the School to listen to the views and perspectives of staff and students as well as scrutinising available data to review many areas of working practice in order to identify and address any evidence or perception of inequality. We are nurturing a supportive, diverse culture that fully values and respects all members of the school community.
We were delighted that SEESAW and the Medical School’s commitment to equality and diversity was recognised in April 2015 when MED was awarded Silver status for the Athena SWAN charter, which we formally received at an awards ceremony in Greenwich in June of that year. For our Silver Award the school was commended for putting aside £10,000 per year for a return-to-work support fund. A copy of our Successful silver application can be seen here. We are currently working towards submitting our application for Silver renewal.
“I am very proud to see the progress that the School has made towards supporting equality and diversity in our community, as we have responded to the Athena SWAN charter. We will strive to continue this progress and I hope that this will be recognised by the renewal of our Athena Swan Silver status” - Professor Michael Frenneaux, Dean of Norwich Medical School
Our journey to Silver started when the Norwich Medical School submitted its unsuccessful Athena Award submission in November 2012. However, having reviewed the feedback and recognising what we needed to achieve, we successfully put in our second bid for Bronze in November 2013. In July 2014, members of the SEESAW committee, attended the awards ceremony, hosted by Durham University, to collect the Bronze Award on behalf of Norwich Medical School and the SEESAW. For the Bronze Award, Norwich Medical School was commended for ‘considering all posts for part-time and flexible working'.
Attending the awards ceremony provided a real impetus to positively move forward with our Silver Application which was submitted in November 2014