Equality and diversity

We are committed to the elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality through a number of initiatives to ensure an inclusive culture within the School.

We actively support the University's Widening Access initiatives, as well as the University Equality and Diversity Policy. We also have our own initiatives and policies to promote diversity and equality, including providing our staff with appropriate training and information and an active Equality and Diversity Committee.

The School is renowned for its various initiatives inspiring and supporting women and young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Additionally, a number of staff have won prestigious awards for engagement and outreach.

Juno Practitioner status

The School has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics' Juno Assessment Panel. The aim of the Juno project 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.

There are three levels of Juno awards:

Supporter

The department starts its Juno journey by endorsing the five principles and making a commitment to work towards Practitioner and then Champion.

Practitioner

The department demonstrates that its Juno journey is well under way. Qualitative and quantitative evidence is gathered and its initial action plan demonstrates how the department aims to achieve Champion status.

Champion

The department demonstrates that the five principles are embedded throughout the department. Further evidence is gathered and its action plan demonstrates how the department will continue to further good practice.

Practitioner Status was awarded in recognition of the excellent work being undertaken in the School to implement the principles of the Juno project.

We are now working towards achieving Juno Champion status.