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

Supporting people in science

The School of Physics is committed to good employment practices and a supportive working environment for all staff.

In particular we are striving to address the unequal representation of women in science and to improve career progression for female academics.

The introduction of the Institute of Physics Juno policies benefits both male and female staff.

We continuously review our working practices to ensure that all staff and students are well supported in their work and study.

Staff Profiles


Athena SWAN bronze award

The school holds an Athena SWAN bronze award. The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

Institute of Physics Juno awards

Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner

The aim of the Institute of Physics Juno awards is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

Opportunities for women in science

University working environment

I was supposed to work on observations of old dense stars (neutron stars) or merging galaxies but I got hooked on numerical experiments and I never looked back.

Dr Zoƫ Leinhardt, Computational astrophysicist and STFC Advanced Fellow in the Astrophysics Group.

I regard Equality and Diversity as core to the mission of the School of Physics. We need all the best talents in our pursuit of excellence in research and education.

Professor James Annett, Head of School of Physics


For further information, please contact Dr Andy Young.

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