Committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The School of History is passionate about working towards creating a fair and equal environment for both work and study. The School is currently working towards the Athena Swan Bronze Award and, as a key part of this work, the School's Self-Assessment Team meet regularly to consider equality, diversity and inclusion issues affecting both staff and students and work to develop measured objectives, consequential actions and robust policies in order to support the achievement of those objectives. Should any member of the School, staff or student, wish to raise an equality or diversity issue or enquiry, they are welcome to contact the School's Athena Swan lead directly.  

The School’s Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) is an open and welcome forum for discussing matters of equality, diversity and inclusion. The SSLC has a dedicated student representative in attendance for matters relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. To raise any issues or get details of our student representatives please contact our Student Partnership Officer. 

  • School of History Athena Swan Lead: Dr Emily Cockayne 
  • School of History Student Partnership Officer:  Dr David Gilks

The Student's Union also supports several student societies promoting diverse aspects of the equalities agenda. For further information about what to join and how to get involved, visit the SU societies page

Postgraduate and staff members of the school may be interested in becoming involved in ResNet - a university-wide network promoting equality, inclusion and fairness with in the university for all. 

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

Student Support Service 

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

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 further information visit the Personal and Professional Development for postgraduates and Careers.  

Parental, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave 

The University has policies in place to support those with changing family circumstances including: 

  • Parental Leave 
  • Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave 
  • Childcare 

We have an on-site nursery available to staff and students.

We have a family room in the basement of the Elizabeth Fry Building which is fitted out for nursing mothers.

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. 

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. 

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