Equality and diversity is a core principle both within the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the University of Birmingham at large. A dedicated and continuous effort is being made to actively identify and address issues of inequity within the school. If you have either experienced or witnessed harassment within the school, please read the Get help section of this site for available options.
In June of 2014, the School of Physics and Astronomy became the tenth Institute of Physics Juno Champion, and this award was renewed in 2018. The goal of the Juno initiative is to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff, while also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential. The School also maintained its Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018. The impact of the school's campaign was described aptly:
Professor Martin Freer
Head of School of Physics and Astronomy
“When I took over as Head of Department in 2015, there was palpable enthusiasm and determination to embed a gender sensitive culture within the School. I believe we have been able to build on those foundations and that the environment and culture of the School is one in which everyone can thrive and achieve their potential.”
This site provides details on the ongoing equality and diversity efforts of the school; contact information is given under Meet the Committee, resources on how to activily promote equality and diversity are listed in Get involved, and upcoming news and events are highlighted in News and events.
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