Committed to diversity and equality Committed to diversity and equality

The School of History is working towards creating a fair and equal environment for work and study. The School has recently taken the decision to apply for an Athena Swan Bronze Award and the School's Self Assessment Team meet regularly to consider equality and diversity issues and develp robust policies in support of those aims. Any member of the School, staff or student, is welcome to contact the Athena Swan Lead, Prof. Emma Griffin, with any equality or diversity issues they wish to raise. 

The School’s Staff Student Liaison Committee is an open and welcome forum for discussing matters of equality and diversity and has a dedicated student representative for  Equality and Diversity. To raise any issues or get details of our student representatives please contact our Student Partnership Officer, Dr Joel Halcomb

In addition, the Student's Union 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. For more information visit the ResNet page.

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. Visit the support service page for more information. 

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 page for postgraduatesthe career events and careers page. 

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 the nursery website 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.

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.

Flexible Working Policy

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.

For more information visit the UEA Medical Services page.