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Equality and inclusion

We are committed to promoting a positive and inclusive environment for all our colleagues. We want all our staff and students to feel they are an integral part of the ISER community, and together we will create an inclusive culture where everyone can contribute to university life, knowledge and growth.

The Athena SWAN Charter

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The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Resources for Staff

There are a wide range of opportunities, resources, and support networks both within and outside the university, which are available to our staff.

  • Equality and Diversity at Essex
  • Athena leadership training programme
  • Support for working parents
  • Occupational health and work life balance policy
  • Essex LGBT alliance
  • Essex Access forum
  • Essex Women’s Network
  • Parental leave policy