The University of East Anglia is proud of the increasing diversity of its campus and works with staff, students and organisations around Norwich and Norfolk, regionally and nationally to achieve its aim of being an inclusive place for study and work. The Equality and Diversity Office at the University of East Anglia helps pull together work that takes place on equality matters right across the campus. Their work covers both staff and students, and their office is based in Room 0.32 in The Registry and Council House.
Among the many equality & diversity initiatives the university supports, the Athena Swan Awards recognise commitment to and progress in advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine in higher education and research.
More information about the ECU's Athena SWAN Charter Mark can be found on the ECU website.
Norwich Medical School - An Athena SWAN Silver Award Holder
SEESAW's commitment to equality was recognised further in April 2015 when MED was awarded Silver status for the Athena SWAN charter, which we will formally receive at an awards ceremony in Greenwich on June 15th
The Athena SWAN charter embraces good employment practices for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in STEMM.
Since joining the Athena SWAN charter in 2011, Norwich Medical School has worked hard to analyse staff and student data to review many areas of working practice to look carefully for any evidence or perception of gender inequality and to nurture a supportive culture that fully values all staff members.
Professor Anne Marie Minihane, SEESAW member, said: "It is excellent news that we are now an Athena SWAN Silver accredited Medical School. The SEESAW committee has a comprehensive programme of ongoing actions, which we believe will make Norwich Medical School an even more satisfying supportive and equitable place to work for all".
Athena SWAN Bronze Award
Norwich Medical School submitted its successful Athena Award submission in November 2013. For this round, the Awards Panels agreed to award 89 out of 125 applications (66 bronze, 20 silver, 3 gold). On the 10th July 2014, Laura Bowater and Anne-Marie Minihane, SEESAW members shown in picture, were delighted to attend the awards ceremony, hosted by Durham University, to collect the Bronze Award on behalf of Norwich Medical School and the SEESAW group from Professor Dame Julia Higgins (Professor of Polymer Science). The ceremony was an opportunity to hear about the progress being made around the UK in other universities to embed equality and diversity into working practices. For the Bronze Award, Norwich Medical School was commended for ‘considering all posts for part-time and flexible working'.
Attending the awards ceremony has provided a real impetus to positively move forward with our Silver Application which was submitted in November 2014