Equality, diversity and inclusion

Positioning ourselves as world-leading researchers and teachers invariably creates demands for everyone in the school; a supportive environment is therefore a key part of our culture. One of the many ways we ensure that is by enabling both women and men to have a good work-life balance, which respects their personal responsibilities as well as their professional aspirations.

Professor Tim Gallagher, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Organic Chemistry

Supporting women in science

The School of Chemistry is committed to providing a positive working environment for women. By developing good employment practices, tackling the unequal representation of women in research, teaching and clinical posts, and improving career progression for female academics, the school is contributing to the national goal of advancing women in sectors traditionally dominated by men.

Athena SWAN Awards

Athena SWAN awards recognise the contribution of organisations in supporting women in science, engineering and technology (SET). These recognise the efforts of organisations to ensure a positive environment for women working in science; that they are represented at all levels, their contribution, skills and experience are recognised, and that they are retained and promoted appropriately.

Download our latest Athena SWAN Department Award Application (PDF, 1,360kB)

Female colleagues in the news

News stories about female colleagues in the School of Chemistry


For further information about SWAN, please chem-swan@bristol.ac.uk 

Please note the School of Chemistry Equality Working Group meet four times a year. If you have anything you would like to raise with the group please email chemistry-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk

It is incredibly important to work with colleagues and to be able to share your passion for your subject with students. It's equally important that everyone is given the support that they need to pursue their ambitions, scientifically and professionally.

Professor Carmen Galan, Professor of Organic Chemistry

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