Best practices within the School

We are proud of the practices that have been shown to help us achieve our objectives.

What have we done?

  • Established Women in Technology lecture series since 2017 showcasing leading women in the field of technology
  • Established Athena SWAN award since 2015/16 to reward undergraduate students on contributions in promoting the participation of women in engineering
  • Implementation of faculty level guidelines on academic appointments to address unconscious bias during selection and interview stages
  • Implementation of faculty level guidelines to support staff returning to work following maternity leave. Since 2013 the School has a 100% retention rate of staff returning to work from maternity leave.
  • 100% completion rate of academic and professional staff PDR since 2015
  • High completion rate of staff on equality and diversity and unconscious bias training
  • Mentoring system available to all staff to assist in career progression
  • Updated School website to enhance the visibility of female role models and enhanced female participation across in-house outreach events
  • Wider participation of the School's Athena SWAN representatives on committees including Athena SWAN steering group, LivWise, BAME, REF, SSLC, and family-friendly advisor
  • Fostering a supportive environment including diverse means of attending meetings including Skype, availability of gender-neutral toilets and nursing rooms and free sanitary towel provision in female toilets.
  • Established an expression room for mothers.
  • General School meetings are organised during core working hours of 10:00 to 16:00 so as to support staff with childcare and carer responsibilities.

Policies for staff and students

Diversity & Equality policies

Diversity & Equality policies staff networks

Diversity & Equality policies support for staff

Diversity & Equality policies support for students 


For any further information, news or queries, please contact Dr Munira Raja or Ms Jane Gallagher.


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