Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our School has always prided itself on its collegial nature, but this is something that we never take for granted, and must strive to maintain at all times. It is vital that we provide a positive and supportive environment for all our staff, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, or career stage. We were delighted to hold a Bronze ATHENA SWAN award, but are always looking for ways to improve our practices, and a commitment to equality and diversity needs to underpin all our activities.

Chris Jarrold, Head of School for the School of Psychological Science

I love exploring the world, travelling, arts, music, but you can actually bring all of that into your research. Who else has this freedom and flexibility to pursue all their intellectual interest

Dr Ute Leonards, Reader in Neuropsychology

Supporting women in science

The School of Psychological Science is committed to providing a positive working environment for women. By developing good employment practices, tackling the unequal representation of women in research, teaching and clinical posts, and improving career progression for female academics, the school is contributing to the national goal of advancing women in sectors traditionally dominated by men.

Athena SWAN Awards

Athena SWAN awards recognise the contribution of organisations in supporting women in science, engineering and technology (SET). These recognise the efforts of organisations to ensure a positive environment for women working in science; that they are represented at all levels , their contribution, skills and experience are recognised, and that they are retained and promoted appropriately.


For further information about our positive working environment, including SWAN, please contact Chris Jarrold our Head of School, or Angela Attwood our Director of Equality and Diversity.

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
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