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Geography and Environmental Science

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The School of Geography and Environmental Science is a diverse community, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Our School has a bronze Athena SWAN award, which recognises our commitment to addressing gender inequality.

We also have a School representative serving on the University-wide Race Equality Charter group, which serves to address racial inequalities within higher education.

Within the School we have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee. This group seeks to embed the values of equality, diversity and inclusion across the School. The committee drives forward policies that seek to achieve equality and foster a culture of respect. The group also seeks to identify and tackle barriers to inclusion.

Our committee provides guidance on all aspects of equality & diversity issues in the School (around gender, race, disability, sexuality, age & religion).  A key priority for us is to consult with the staff and students in the School to identify what our priorities for equality, & diversity should be— and we actively seek out the views of staff and students from across our School.  We can also be a first point of contact if you have any questions or issues relating to equality and inclusion.

Contact the EDI team

Let us know your thoughts on equality, diversity and inclusion in the School. Is there anything you think we need to address, are there any events or initiatives you’d like to see put in place?  Is there anything you wish to report anonymously? We hope that the School is a welcoming place for everyone, but we want people to come forward if this is not always the case.

This form allows anyone to send their comments to the chair of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee anonymously.

Alternatively, you can contact an EDI rep directly, and we will treat any communication with confidentiality and care.

Your Equality, Diversity & Inclusion reps for the academic year 2020/2021:

Main contact (for both staff and students): Eleanor Wilkinson (

Athena SWAN chair: Andrew Power (

Early career: tbc

Postgraduate: Laura Paddon  ( and Yanjie Zhao (

Postgraduate Athena SWAN rep: Rachel Houweling (

Undergraduate Environmental Science: Sarah Davis (

Undergraduate Geography (BA): Jade Lakhan (

Undergraduate Geography (BSc): Nia Chaudhry (

Mental Health First Aiders:

Andrew Phillips (

Athena SWAN contact Andrew Power (

Jake Snaddon (

Mentoring & buddy schemes

Staff: Staff can access our School mentoring scheme

Early career: Early career staff can also access our cross-faculty mentoring scheme: If you would like to ask for a mentor please email with an indication of the topic you might wish to discuss

Students: If you’re interested in joining our undergraduate buddy scheme or postgraduate mentoring scheme then please get in touch

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