Working at the University

The School of Biology recognises that everyone's needs are different. Whatever your circumstances, the University is committed to support you.

Flexible Working Policies

The University fosters a positive working environment with a wealth of flexible working arrangements and provisions to accommodate all individuals at all career and life stages.

Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisory Service

The University has a network of Advisors who are volunteers trained to provide an informal advisory service to staff experiencing unacceptable behaviour, bullying or harassment at work.

Contact an Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisor

If you feel you are experiencing inappropriate behaviour, there is guidance on how to report an incident or issues, next steps you can take, and support you can receive.

Guidance on how to deal with unacceptable behaviour (PDF, 18kB)

Flowchart for Inappropriate Behaviour (PDF, 63kB)

Report and Support

Report and Support, an online tool which offers you a quick and easy way to tell us about specific incidents. Staff and students can use the tool to report something anonymously or to be linked to someone you can talk to about what you’ve experienced.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment

A new policy on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment is intended to help protect students and staff from inappropriate sexual behaviour, which may include, but is not limited to, violence, grooming, misconduct and harassment. This policy will complement our existing Policy on Acceptable Behaviour which sets out our expectations that staff and students need to treat each other with courtesy, respect and consideration.

Managers resources

The University of Bristol has provided all managers with an invaluable document that gives a quick look at the HR policies and procedures related to each stage of the employee lifecycle.

UoB Manager's HR Handbook (PDF, 446kB)

Support for Early Career Researchers

Below we have provided a document detailing some helpful information for Postdocs applying for Fellowships.

Helpful info for Postdocs applying for fellowships (PDF, 215kB)

Supporting postgraduate researchers

The wider Bristol Doctoral College community supports doctoral and research students from across the University. A wealth of personal and professional development resources are available to support research students through their early career progression, work-life balance and connect with peers and mentors.

The School of Biological Sciences champions equality and diversity – together they are key components of our approach to excellence in research and teaching.

Professor Jane Memmott, Professor of Ecology & Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

School Support for Parental Leave

We have provided some links below that will give you more information on shared parental leave

Bespoke parental “to do” lists for organising maternity leave, tailored for each role:

Unconscious Bias

We encourage our staff and student members on panels and in positions of influence to consider how they may be affected by their "unconscious bias", and to recognise and prohibit such attitudes and behaviours when making decisions and judgements.

External Resources

There are a number of organisations working towards promoting gender equality in Science.

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