About our working environment

The School of Oral and Dental Sciences 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.

As Head of School, one of my key roles is to promote and support the provision of equal opportunities for all students and staff of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences. In line with Athena SWAN principles, we aim to provide a fair working environment in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Professor Peter Robinson, Head of School, Oral & Dental Sciences

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.

Promoting equality of opportunity is an integral part of the school's culture here at Bristol. With a flexible working ethos and open communication with management at all levels, the school supports staff as they progress through their careers, from their time as students through to foundation dentists and right up to becoming professor for those who choose academic careers.

Dr Andrea Waylen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and SWAN Lead for the School of Oral and Dental Sciences

We are currently working on our 2017 application. Download our 2012  Athena SWAN Silver Department award application (PDF, 1,228kB)

ORDS Athena SWAN Committee

The ORDS Athena SWAN team meet regularly to discuss all aspects of equality and diversity within the School. We are currently working on our next award application, due for submission by April 2017.

If you have any ideas, feedback or concerns, the committee can be reached via our individual info below, or at the shared mailbox ords-swan@bristol.ac.uk

Application lead: Dr Andrea Waylen, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences

Administrator: Ms Kate Lucas, Research Administrator

ORDS Athena SWAN Committee

Events and opportunities

Information on University-wide events and podcasts of previous presentations are available from the Equality and Diversity Team.

Past events

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Useful links

I am able to spend time working clinically, developing my skills in areas that interest me, while also getting involved with undergraduate teaching and conducting original research. I work alongside internationally respected clinicians and scientists in a really stimulating and supportive environment.

Sarah Garner (Academic Clinical Fellow)

Staff profiles

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Working parents and carers

The University provides support and information for Mums and Dads at work. 

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.

Contacts

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, ords-swan@bristol.ac.uk.

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