Committed to diversity and equality Committed to diversity and equality

The School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies is fully committed to providing a fair and equal environment for work and study. It holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is currently working towards the Silver Award. Athena SWAN is a Charter that recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women and trans staff working in higher education.

The Dean of Faculty is a proactive member of the University's Equality and Diversity Committee and feedback from students and staff is increasingly sought on a range of issues. The Faculty has highly diverse populations and works hard to ensure a supportive and inclusive environment in which all can flourish.

The University has a range of policies to facilitate a supportive working and learning environment:


Parental, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave

The University has policies in place to support those with changing family circumstances. Visit the appropriate link for full information:


The UEA has an on-site Nursery available to staff and students. See their website at for more information.

We have a family room in the basement of the Elizabeth Fry Building which is fitted out for nursing mothers. To access this room contact the Hub in the EFB on 01603 597578.

Flexible Working

Employees who have worked at the University for 26 weeks or more, have a statutory right to request flexibility in their working pattern.

Flexible Working Policy

Returning to work after illness

Following a period of ill health, we offer support for returning to work. This may include access to a phased return, short term amendments to duties or working hours, or adjustments to the physical environment.

For more information visit

Staff Members

ResNet is a contact and information network committed to gender equality and fairness.. For more information visit

Mentorship is available through the University Centre for Staff and Educational Development – visit


Putting the ‘Kind’ in Humankind

Wednesday 29 November 9 – 5pm The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF

Led by Dr Leticia Yulita and organised by PPL language and intercultural communication undergraduates, this event saw students looking at ‘kindness’ in the promotion of gender equality. Various activities were planned to engage in conversations with people of all ages, such as discussing posters and videos, creating ideas boards and making origami fortune tellers. This project was made possible by the Alumni Fund in conjunction with the local charity The Missing Kind. Admission was FREE and open to the community

Student Support Service

The Student Support Service at UEA provides students and staff with support for a wide range of academic and health issues. Visit 

PhD Students and Research Associates

We provide support and mentoring for PhD students and Research Associates. This is delivered by research teams, The Personal and Professional Development Programme and the Staff Research Forum.

For more information see: and and


We offer support for undergraduate career development. Ms Claire Cuminatto – Director of Employability.

Also see for more information on how the university can help you in your future career.