Within the School of Health Sciences (HSC), activities are coordinated by the HSC Athena SWAN and Equality Team, a cross-departmental group led by Dr Helen Bell and Dr Niamh Kennedy. The group includes academic, technical and administrative staff, post-doctoral Research Associates and post-graduate research students from across the whole school, as well as professionals from Human Resources and the Equality and Diversity Office.
The team also works closely with staff from the Centre for Staff and Educational Development (CSED) and the Careers Service. Since the team’s inception in 2012, it has met regularly to assess, analyse and discuss issues affecting equality at all levels within the school.
The School of Health Sciences (HSC) was previously two separate schools; the School of Nursing Sciences and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Both these schools were awarded Athena SWAN bronze status in 2014 and, since merging in the summer of 2014, the school committees have joined together to work towards a joint Athena SWAN Silver application. The Athena SWAN agenda is now firmly embedded within the committee structure of the School of Health Sciences.
In addition to coordinating HSC Athena SWAN and Equality Team within the School, Helen Bell and Niamh Kennedy also represent the School at the UEA-wide Athena Swan steering group.
Equality and 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 courses offered by CSED to promote equality and diversity and give information and raise awareness to all staff.
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 on the Portal.