Athena SWAN in Health and Human Sciences
HHS is committed to equality and development of an inclusive culture
promoting dignity and respect, qualities that are also endorsed by the
values of the NHS constitution with which all staff and students engage.
The University of Essex has a Women in Science Network to support female staff and students in STEM
subjects and was awarded the
SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its
continuing work to support women in STEM. The School of Health and Human
Sciences was awarded the
Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental
Award in October 2015.
"As the Athena SWAN lead for
HHS, I have been working with colleagues to ensure a culture of dignity, respect and equality creates an environment
within which all staff and students can realise their full potential"
Prof Gill Green, Director RDS
In the School, we have over 90 academic members of staff, two thirds of
whom are female and over three quarters of our students are women. You can find out more about all our members of staff in
their online individual staff
"The School of Health and Human Sciences
is committed to facilitating a positive and pro-active approach to equal opportunities, encouraging and supporting diversity.
We are a School that encompasses a broad range of disciplines and respect of others allows us to learn and work together in
an open and tolerant fashion. "
Prof Jo Jackson, Dean of Health
Resources for women in STEM
There many opportunities, resources and support networks
available for women in science, both within and outside our University.
Further information can be found below and on the main university
Athena SWAN resources page.
We have joined the WISE campaign to help us progress our gender equality work. Membership means we can raise the profile of our female STEM staff as WISE role models and link them to our community.
Training and funding opportunities
There is a range of funding opportunities of particular relevance to Women in
HHS. For information on these and other schemes visit the
Athena SWAN page.
The University’s Learning and
Development provides training and development opportunities for staff at all
stages of their careers. Learning and Development also run the
Springboard Programme, an award-winning development course for women.
The School recognises the importance of mentorship and coaching. The School
currently has mentorship task and finish group who are developing a mentorship
system for academic and administrative staff in HHS. Watch this
space for details of the scheme launching in October 2015.
Annual review process
The School actively promotes academic and research staff applying for
permanency and promotion.
Women in Science Network
Women in Science Network provides support, informal mentoring and networking
opportunities to women of all career levels working in STEM.
Family friendly policies and occupational health
The School actively promotes a family friendly working environment for staff,
implementing a range of family friendly policies to support working parents and
parents to be. These include flexible working, compressed hours, childcare
vouchers, flexible benefits, family leave and maternity keeping in touch days.
Further information on these opportunities, as well as information for pregnant staff,
their managers and students can be found on the Human Resources policies page.
Support for working parents
The University has recently created a ‘support
for working parents’ package, which includes a Parents’ Support Network,
Parents Mentoring Scheme and regular Parents-to-be Seminars. The School is
supportive of staff with caring responsibilities and encourages working parents
and parents to-be to take advantage of these useful resources.
Good quality childcare is a key concern for working parents. The University
on-site nursery which
offers exceptional day care to children from 3 months to 5 years. In addition,
Wivenhoe Park Holiday Club offers holiday childcare for primary school age
children in its own dedicated space within the Day Nursery.
(Children's Holidays at the University of Essex Multi-activity Sports) offers a
holiday activity camp for children, aged from eight to fourteen, on-site at the
University Sports Centre. The University operates the
flexible benefits and
vouchers schemes to support working parents with the costs of childcare.
Essex County Council provides further
support for finding quality childcare in the Essex area.