Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity

Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity

“Having worked in a department that was initially male only, I have witnessed the transformation brought about through introduction of good equality and diversity practice. This experiment reinforced my belief that universal engagement is a must to achieve excellence in education and research.”

Professor Ken Meissner, Head of Department

The Physics Department is committed to improving the outcomes and experience of Higher Education for both staff and students. We need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to address unanswered questions in physics. It is only by including all, that physics can successfully advance in the 21st century.

The department has a Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity committee which meets once a term. Women and men, senior academics and postgraduate students, permanent and part-time staff are represented on the committee. The Head of Department sits on the committee showing that the department is committed to improving our working practices to benefit everyone. Equality of opportunity for all is key.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

The university holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in all of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine subjects (STEMM), in addition to Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL) subjects.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Institute of Physics Project Juno

The aim of the Institute’s Project Juno is to recognise and reward physics departments, schools, institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff. The Physics Department at Swansea is a Juno Supporter.

Juno Supporter

Work Life Balance and Family Friendly

This section of the University website details policies relating to adoption leave, maternity leave, flexible working and so on.