The Equality and Diversity Committee at the School of Biological Sciences at UEA was set up in 2012, to explore how we can increase support for groups who are traditionally under-represented in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). The Committee comprises representatives from the faculty, support staff and students in BIO, and is chaired by Professor Tracey Chapman.
UEA, the Faculty of Science, and BIO are all committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter – “recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.” The Athena SWAN Awards recognise where institutions are working to ensure that gender equality is embedded in their working environment and culture.
In 2013, BIO was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, and in November 2016 we achieved our Silver Award. This blog, edited by BIO administrator Ros Brown, was set up in spring 2017 to provide a space for reflection and discussion of gender equality issues, arising both in BIO and in the mainstream media.