We recognise that equality and diversity should be embedded in all our activities.

We Aim to Raise Awareness

  • An activity stand led by female academics and PhD students at girlguiding events as part of Norwich Science Festival 2019. 
  • Hard copy posters showcasing our student success with research projects and placements.
  • Website development including talking-head style videos which are also hosted on the University youtube channels.
  • Athena SWAN information is included in the induction materials provided to our staff.
  • Postgraduate Research student participation in a Q&A stand at the “Women of the Future” event on the Norwich Research Park.
  • Athena SWAN and Equality and Diversity information added to our digital student information zones.
  • All staff are now mandated to undergo e-learning ‘Diversity in the Workplace' training. 
  • A monthly undergraduate bulletin was launched in 2019, with students providing many of the articles and information.
  • Equality and Diversity topics are promoted through our social media including X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook and our faculty showcase LinkedIn e.g. #AthenaSWAN, #equality #UEASCIENCE


We Aim to Support our staff at key career transition points

  • Mentoring in the School includes advice for the preparation of CVs, job applications, interviews, scientific presentations as well as more targeted careers advice when needed. Opportunities for mentorship external to the school are also available.
  • On-site career development courses for staff are provided by the Centre for Staff and Educational Development, including over 200 courses to gain new or develop existing skills, learn best practice, regulations and pedagogy. Staff also have the opportunity to attend off-site training courses for enhancing workplace skills and employability; central training funding can be applied to for assistance with attendance costs.
  • We have been proactive in adopting promotional material produced by the Science Faculty Appraisal working group. This forms part of new staff induction.
  • Financially supporting a place for female lecturers to attend the Aurora leadership course.
  • Co-funding the Daphne Jackson Trust fellowship with the Science Faculty and promoting awareness of the opportunity.


We Aim to Support Promotion

  • Structured support for providing feedback on promotion applications takes place. This includes written feedback and further awareness of the mentoring scheme.


We Aim to Promote Networks

  • We support many social and professional networking opportunities. We hold an annual  Chemistry Summer Party, open to families.
  • The School Contract Research Staff forum meets regularly to address specific research staff issues and provide updates to members on opportunities and changes occurring within the School. The forum is led by a post-doctoral Research Associate and is supported by an academic lead, Dr Simon Butler. [insert contact details ]
  • Staff and students have the opportunity to network at ResNet events (a network promoting gender equality and fairness across the Norwich Research Park). 
  • Staff, post-doctorate Research Associates and post-graduate research students supervise our undergraduate student 


We Aim to Support Flexible Working

  • The School arranges research seminars and meetings flexibly at times to maximise participation for all staff.
  • We raise awareness of support for flexible leave packages and use leave checklists to support managers with their knowledge and awareness of opportunity.
  • We work in close partnership with the Human Resources department to provide support for flexible working.
  • We support the Family Support and Return to Work Fund: to support career development and transition back to work following a significant period of absence; all staff employed and PGR students working directly in the Science Faculty are eligible to apply; contact sci.equality@uea.ac.uk


We Aim to Support Families

  • The highly regarded UEA Nursery is available to staff and students. Dedicated drop off and pickup parking places are available.
  • There is a dedicated family room in the basement of the Elizabeth Fry Building. It is fully equipped for nursing mothers and has changing facilities.