Equality and Diversity Matters

The School of Government has been awarded Athena SWAN institutional status in recognition of its continuing commitment towards the advancement of gender equality including representation, progression, and success for all.

In the School of Government, we are committed to creating a caring, accessible and inclusive environment in which everyone feels they belong, fit, and may thrive. We welcome, value, and embrace diversity in our staff and student body, such as differences in nationality, cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, class, religion or belief, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

We aim to embed this commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in our teaching and learning practices, our tutorials, our extensive module choices, our curriculum, student representatives and groups, welfare services, research, and the wide range of events and seminars organised. The School of Government will not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Athena Swan Bronze Award (Gender Charter)The School of Government was awarded Athena SWAN institutional status in 2019 for recognition of its continuing commitment towards the advancement of gender equality including representation, progression, and success for all.  In its evaluation, the Athena SWAN Charter panel commended the School of Government ‘on its commitment and work to date.’ It highlighted ‘the positive cultural changes the School has achieved in recent years,’ in particular ‘the embedding of equality, diversity and inclusion within the School.’ 

The University of Birmingham currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter Award. Its Equality Scheme Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity document sets out the equality objectives and actions for 2016-20. The latest Equality and Diversity Annual Report (2017) details work undertaken over the last year to meet our equality objectives.

Professor René Lindstädt

Professor René Lindstädt

Head of the School of Government

“The Athena SWAN Bronze status has been a major accomplishment for the School of Government and is testament to the enormous efforts that the School has put into advancing the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda. As a School, we are not only committed to living up to the high expectations that come with this important award, but to further accelerate the advancement of the ED&I agenda and making it a top priority in everything that we do.”


On 3 October, Jess Phillips, MP will be give a talk on ‘Women, Class, Politics’

On 24 October, Dr Koen Slootmaeckers (City University of London) will speak about his research on LGBT and EU politics.

Win:Win Network

win-winWin: Win is a bottom-up initiative convened by female academics within the College of Social Sciences. The network aims to complement and supplement University-led programmes such as Advancing Equality in Employment, the Year of Equality and Diversity and the College of Social Sciences Plan for Equality and Diversity.

LGBTQ+ Network

We are a social and support network for all academic staff, students and professional service staff based in the School of Government and its three departments –  Politics and International Studies (POLSIS), International Development Department (IDD) and Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) – who are supportive of, or who identify as, LGBTQ+. We are committed to promoting an inclusive and supportive environment across the School and providing a space for LGBTQ+ staff and students.

Core aims

  • to organise networking, social and educational events aimed at bringing together LGBTQ+ staff and allies, and raising the profile of LGBTQ+ issues across Departments and the School
  • to provide sympathetic and informal peer support for staff and students and to be a first point of contact for those who wish to confidentially discuss sexual orientation or gender identity issues
  • to share information and advice on issues and events relevant to LGBTQ+ staff and students
  • to promote a more comprehensive awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and sensitivities across the activities of Departments and the School, including in curriculum design and teaching

We work closely with the University’s Rainbow Network and share their vision of a workplace where all LGBTQ+ people feel welcomed, included, and able to reach their potential. We also run an exciting series of networking and educational events throughout the academic year which are open to all.

Peer Support

The Rainbow Network offers a range of support wellbeing services available to all staff and students and is able to provide advice and guidance on where further support can be found, where appropriate.

LGBTQ+ staff are also available for informal discussion and peer advice sessions with staff and students who wish to seek support:

Join us

If you would like to join the network’s mailing list, be listed as a peer support contact point or have ideas for events or activities that the network could organise then please contact Gerasimos Tsourapas,  Equality and Diversity Lead (g.tsourapas@bham.ac.uk).

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View the University of Birmingham's detailed sets of policies, procedures, and guidelines relating to equality and diversity.