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The School of Chemistry is proud to be creating an increasingly progressive and inclusive environment for work and study. Our activities are focussed through the framework provided by Athena SWAN. This assists STEMM Schools (i.e. those in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine subjects) in examining the ways in which they support women to achieve their full potential in work and study. The framework has the additional benefits of fostering the creation of increasingly supportive environments for all those with family and/or caring responsibilities in addition to those in dual career relationships.

The Athena SWAN agenda is now firmly embedded within the committee structure of the School of Chemistry. Chemistry’s Equality and Diversity (CHE E&D) Committee includes Academics, Postdoctoral Researchers and Postgraduate Research Students and works alongside the University’s Central Athena Swan Steering Group, Equality and Diversity Committee and Human Resources. The CHE E&D Committee prepared an Athena SWAN Bronze Award application on behalf of the School.  This application was successful in November 2016 and again in November 2019 and we are proud to be Bronze Award holders. 

The CHE E&D Committee now leads the School’s activities in delivering the Action Plan included as part of the application. Initiatives within the School benefit from, and feed into, activities in the Science Faculty and across the University. All colleagues and students are welcome to contribute to CHE E&D activities and suggestions for initiatives are always welcome.

Click here to download our Chemistry & Pharmacy Athena Swan presentation (PDF format).

Science Faculty Return to Work and Family Support Fund

The SCI Athena SWAN Steering Group launched the SCI Return to Work Fund in 2016. The fund was originally designed to support SCI staff transitioning back to work after a significant period of absence due to parental leave, adoption leave, caring responsibilities or ill health. Funding can be used flexibly e.g. IT equipment, Associate Tutor support, accompanying person costs.

From January 2020, for a one year pilot, the Fund has been expanded to include SCI PGR students and to cover ‘family support’ not linked to any period of absence. Applications can be made for child/adult dependent care for staff/PGR students attending professional development events (conferences, networking, workshops or training) or working weekend open/applicant days.

Please contact (ext. 1823) with any queries.

Equality & Diversity Courses at UEA

All university staff participate in a mandatory course in diversity and equality, covering relevant current legislation and relating to real situations in a University environment.

There are many other courses offered by CSED to promote equality and diversity and give information and raise awareness to all staff.

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ResNet is a contact and information network promoting gender equality at the University of East Anglia and Norwich Bioscience Institutes. The active participation of postgraduate students, lecturers, research, support and administrative staff of any gender is welcome and ResNet members provide a supportive network for women research staff in the sciences across the Norwich Research Park.

Further information about ResNet and forthcoming events can be found at here.

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