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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The School of Ocean and Earth Science is a broad and diverse teaching, research and support community, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where all are treated equally and fairly and opportunities are provided to tackle barriers to inclusion. Our School has a bronze Athena SWAN award, which recognises our commitment to addressing gender inequality.

Representatives from the School are actively involved in developing and implementing the Faculty and University Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies, with School staff chairing the Faculty EDI committee.

Within the School we have an (EDI) committee. This group seeks to embed the values of equality, diversity and inclusion across the School, informed by biennial SOES well-being surveys and regular topic-specific focus groups. The SOES EDI strategy recognises all protected characteristics and in particular ongoing national EDI challenges related to gender and ethnicity representation in STEM disciplines.

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: please contact us via the emails or the anonymous form below:

The School EDI committee has representation across all staff job families and postgraduate students.

Current SOES EDI committee membership:

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 contacts for the academic year 2020/2021:

Main contact (for both staff and students): EDI committee chair: Clive Trueman (

Disabilities rep: Gordon Inglis: (

Early career / postdoc rep: Tom Chalk (

Postgraduate rep: Alex Loveridge (

Athena Swan rep: Jasmin Godbold (

SOES wellbeing officer: Moira Maclean (

Key roles of the SOES EDI committee

  1. Provide a forum for the discussion of policy issues relating to equality and diversity for all those who work, study or visit the school
  2. Actively seek input on EDI issues from all staff, students and visitors to the school
  3. Report to and advise the Head of School on matters of equality and diversity identified by the committee or raised by staff, students or visitors to the school.
  4. Oversee current practice and help understand and benchmark current equality and diversity culture within the School.
  5. Develop strategy and appropriate action plans to improve the support of all staff, students and visitors, including applying for Athena Swan awards where appropriate.
  6. Advise the SOES Policy and Resources Committee on issues related to equality and diversity.
  7. Advise on the action necessary to develop a positive culture within the Academic Unit that advances the contribution of all staff.
  8. Advise on the development and updating of SOES and FNES Codes of Practice.
  9. Advise on the content and mechanisms of information dissemination for new and existing members of the OES community.
  10. Liaise with any relevant University Committees, such as the University Equality and Diversity team
  11. Ensure appropriate support (financial and intellectual) is in place for those to support Equality and Diversity activities.

Policies and Support

Return to work (see link below) - SOES Guidance for staff returning to work after maternity / shared parental / adoption / caring leave

Email etiquette: Sharepoint document

Family caring leave support and application form: Sharepoint document

University-wide policies and support


Early career: Early career faculty mentoring 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.

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