The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is fully committed to providing a fair and equal environment for work and study. As a School we are currently working towards achieving the Athena Swan Bronze Award. The University is currently working towards achieving the Athena Swan Silver Award.
Athena SWAN is an Equality Challenge Unit Charter dedicated to gender equality in higher education and research. When it was first launched in 2005 it focused on advancing the careers of women academics and researchers in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). In 2015 the Charter was expanded to address gender equality more broadly, recognising work undertaken in additional subjects (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law), and in professional and support roles. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
If you would like to help or join the Athena Swan team, please contact Miriam Jones. We would love to hear from you and your ideas could help us make a difference.
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 as 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 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. Visit https://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service
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 http://www.uea.ac.uk/nursery 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.
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.
There is tailored support for female research staff across the Norwich Research Park. For more information visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/resnet
Mentorship is available through the University Centre for Staff and Educational Development – visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/csed/rsconnect
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.
Also see http://www.uea.ac.uk/careers for more information on how the university can help you in your future career.