About our working environment
Bristol Dental School is committed to providing a positive working environment.
The School is contributing to the national goal of ensuring equality of opportunity for all, through:
- developing good employment practices;
- tackling the unequal representation in research, teaching and clinical posts;
- removing barriers for career progression.
We are part of the Dental Schools Council which has formed a working group with the Medical Schools Council focussing upon positive working environments within Dental Schools.
Athena SWAN Awards
Athena SWAN awards recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression, and success for all.
They recognise the efforts of organisations to ensure a positive working environment: that diversity is represented and valued at all levels: and that there is equality of opportunity for promotion and progression for all staff.
We are currently awaiting the outcome of our 2017 application. Download our 2012 Athena SWAN Silver Department award application (PDF, 1,228kB)
Athena SWAN Committee
The School Athena SWAN team meet regularly to discuss all aspects of equality and diversity within the School.
To find out more, please contact our SWAN mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application lead: Dr Andrea Waylen, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences
Administrator: Ms Kate Lucas, Research Administrator
ORDS Athena SWAN Committee
- Ms Michelle Alexis
Student Administration Manager
- Ms Sarah Bain
Director of Dental Care Professionals (DCP) training
- Dr Michele Barbour
Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, Deputy Head of School
- Dr Lindsay Dutton
- Professor David Dymock
ORDS Head of Teaching
- Ms Lauren Fern & Mr Alex Gormley
Undergraduate Student Representatives
- Professor Tony Ireland
- Ms Vikki Layton
HR Officer (Diversity)
- Dr Vanessa Marshall
Manager of the Bristol Nutrition Biomedical Research Unit
- Ms Sara Al-Jawoosh
Postgraduate student representative
- Dr Patricia Neville
Lecturer in Social Sciences
- Dr James Puryer
Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry
- Professor Peter Robinson
Head of School
- Mr James Tubman
Events and opportunities
Information on University-wide events and podcasts of previous presentations are available from the Equality and Diversity Team.
Would you like to read more?
- Who Needs Athena SWAN? - Recording of Live Debate from Kings College London, 12th October 2016
- Should academics lose out financially for taking maternity leave?
- Why women leave academia
- Women in research: recommendations for gender equality in higher education
- A University Blog: 50 shades of sexism in the academy
- How well are women represented in UK science?
- The women whom science forgot
- Four steps to killing off sexism in science
- Advancing women in medicine summit
- Advancing women in medicine: how can we move from rhetoric to action?
- Offline: Gender equality- the neglected sustainable development goal for health Article in the Lancet- Nov 2015 (PDF, 211kB)
- Row after University of York cancels International Men's Day event
- Understanding unconscious bias: A short animation by The Royal Society
- How can we stop unconscious bias?
- How to avoid unconscious bias in reference writing: poster (PDF, 1,510kB)
- Dental Clinical Academic staffing
- Student mental health: friends on the front line
- Can motivations for studying dentistry inform us about gender and BME differences in dental academic careers?
- The University of Bristol wins best LGBT+ employer at the Bristol Pride Awards
- The trouble with the sisterhood in academia
- Staff networks (LGBT+, Maternity Connections, Working Parents' Network, Disabled Staff Forum)
- UOB Students' union LGBT+ Inofrmation & LGBT+ Society
- University information for Mums and Dads at work
- University Returning Carers' Scheme
- UoB Equality & Diversity information for managers
- Staff Development for Academic and Professional Services staff
- Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN website
- Medical and Dental School Athena SWAN Newsletters
- Equality and Human Rights Commission reading lists
- Disabled Go produce disabled access guides to venues around the UK, including many University of Bristol buildings. When visiting the School of Oral & Dental Sciences, please do not hesitate to mention any access or other requirements when arranging your visit, so that we can best advise you.
Working parents and carers
The Maternity Connections Scheme is an informal initiative enabling staff to seek advice and support from female members of staff with experience of pregnancy at work, maternity leave and life as a working parent. The scheme is open to all members of staff, whether you or your partner are pregnant, on maternity leave, a working parent or thinking of becoming one.
The University also has a Returning Carers’ Scheme that provides funding to support academic staff in re-establishing their independent research careers on return from caring leave.
If you would like further information or if you have comments or suggestions about Athena SWAN activities within our school, please contact the SWAN Committee, email@example.com.