About our working environment

Championing a positive working environment is extremely important to us in the School of Clinical Sciences. Ensuring that there is diversity among staff working as teachers, researchers, leaders and, where relevant, clinicians serves to inspire current and future students. It also makes for a more stimulating and creative working environment in which we celebrate everyone’s success.

Professor Tim Peters, Head of School of Clinical Sciences

Supporting equality

The School of Clinical Sciences is committed to providing a positive working environment for all members of staff and students.

The School of Clinical Sciences believes that the promotion of an environment that embraces diversity can enrich our working lives and help us to deliver world class teaching and research. We take pride in our fair employment practices, which includes our work to tackle the historic unequal representation of individuals of different race, ethnicity and gender in research, teaching and clinical posts.

We actively foster diversity in many practical ways, through our support of: flexible working practices, mentoring activities, networks and schemes for those with caring roles, and our regular consultation with staff and students about their experiences in the School that we use to improve our practices further. We are committed to celebrating every success within the School, and we work to highlight diverse role models that illustrate our commitment to supporting the career progression of women in science among other examples of best practice.

Our strategic aims page summarises the changes we have made within the School to support equality.

Athena SWAN Awards

The School was awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award  in October 2015. The award recognises our efforts to advance gender equality and equal gender representation at all levels, career progression, success through academic milestones and a positive working environment for all staff and students.

Athena SWAN seminars and workshops

Regular events and briefings for staff, postgraduate students and managers are held by the School. These cover subjects such as career progression, mentoring, maternity/paternity and flexible working. Athena SWAN is a regular item on our whole School meetings.

Information about briefings and previous presentations can be found on our intranet pages. 

Equality, diversity & inclusion news

Please browse the news stories about equality, diversity & inclusion in the School of Clinical Sciences, and also news stories about equality, diversity & inclusion from the wider University.


For further information about SWAN, please contact Dr Denize AtanSchool Lead for Women in Science.

When to have a family is such a personal decision, although I do think it is useful to raise awareness about some of the issues that colleagues will face on their return to work. I try to be approachable so that they can come and talk to me about balancing their work and family commitments.

Dr Claire Perks, Reader in Tumour Cell Biology

More staff profiles

Flexible working

I took the step of formalising my flexible working arrangements and now have a flexible working agreement that enables me to work from home 1-2 days a week.

Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Professor of Health and Anthropology, flexible working case study

Our commitment to promoting women in science is a key part of the School’s culture here at Bristol.

We support women at all stages of their career; from undergraduates all the way to professors.

We have also appointed an academic, Dr Denize Atan, who has specific responsibility for directing this important work.

Professor Astrid Linthorst, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Clinical Sciences