Athena SWAN in Health and Human Sciences

Athena SWAN bronze award

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 was awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEMM. The School of Health and Human Sciences was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Award in October 2015.

gill-green"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

gillgr@essex.ac.uk 01206 874144

Staff profiles

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 profiles.

prof-jo-jackson"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

Useful Athena Swan resources

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.

Career development

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 has an on-site nursery which offers exceptional day care to children from 3 months to 5 years. In addition, the Wivenhoe Park Holiday Club offers holiday childcare for primary school age children in its own dedicated space within the Day Nursery.

CHUMS (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 childcare 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.

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