Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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.

Bristol Dental School is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). All students and staff must be treated with respect, care and kindness with no distinction according to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or any other protected characteristic. Within our community we all stand together in mutual respect and support and there is no place for prejudice or injustice. As Heads of School we seek to do everything in our power to champion and empower those in our community. If you feel you can help us do this, please contact us, the EDI lead, or anyone on the EDI committee, or even ask about joining the committee!

Dr Sarah Bain and Dr Michele Barbour, Interim co-Heads of Bristol Dental School

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee & Athena SWAN Working Group

The School ED&I committee meet regularly to discuss all aspects of equality and diversity within the School.

To find out more, please contact us:

Athena SWAN Application Lead and ED&I Director:  Dr Michele Barbour

ED&I Administrator:  Ms Tabitha Blackwell

Committee members

Athena SWAN Awards

Athena SWAN awards recognise 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


Events and opportunities

Events and opportunities are circulated to the School by email and via the School's weekly Research Bulletin. Student and staff successes are shared and celebrated via our School News page and student blog, The Articulator

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

Be inspired - read other Athena SWAN staff profiles


If you would like further information or if you have comments or suggestions about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within our school, please contact ED&I team.

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