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Biological Sciences

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Biological Sciences at Southampton is fully committed to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda, championing initiatives to address any sources of inequality for our staff and students. 

We are committed to our equality, diversity and  inclusion agenda
We are committed to our equality, diversity and inclusion agenda

The School of Biological Sciences EDI committee work on improving and understanding all aspects of Equality, Diversity and inclusion within our school. We want to make our working environment inclusive irrespective of an individual’s gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation or disability. Our work on equality, diversity and inclusion is supported in the University through a strong governance structure, which aims to create an environment where everyone can thrive and belong.

In particular, we embrace the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter that recognises a commitment to addressing gender inequalities. Our involvement in the Athena Swan project is to improve career progression for female academics in science, engineering and technology disciplines in higher education and research at Southampton. The project aims to tackle an uneven representation of women in science and as a result achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts.

We were awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN award in April 2014, followed by Silver Athena SWAN award in 2017 and 2022, in recognition of our continued efforts to support the career aspirations of female biologists.

Read our 2022 Silver Award Submission
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We have created the School of Biological Sciences (SoBS) mentoring schemes



Our policies reflect the commitment to equality within the department and wider university.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Southampton is fortunate to have excellent academic staff

Useful Downloads

Athena SWAN Silver submission

Mentors within Biological Sciences

Silver Action Plan 2017-2021

Silver Action Plan 2022-2027

Internal links: 

Mental Health (UOS Internal Only)

Mental Health Crisis (UOS Internal Only)

Equality, diversity and inclusion for everyone in our school, from undergraduate students to Professor, is at the heart of everything we do. We are implementing this through honest and open reflection and a commitment to continual improvement.

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