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Equality and Diversity

PhD Students and her Equality and Wellbeing poster
Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich, PhD Student, at the departmental seminar day with the Equalities and Wellbeing Committee Poster, as well as her own.
The Department welcomes staff and students from all over the world. We are proud of the diversity of our department in terms of their cultures and backgrounds, as much as their scientific expertise.

The Department expects all members of its community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times. The University of Cambridge's Dignity at Work policy statement explains this commitment and what action can be taken if its principles are not observed.

We are working hard to support and recognise the achievements of both female and male staff, through adopting best practice in the workplace. Our efforts in this area have been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award (November 2013). 

The Athena SWAN Charter recognizes and celebrates good employment practice for women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in STEMM. Athena SWAN awards are used by Higher Education Institutions as a rating of best practice in supporting women’s careers.

The Zoology Equalities and Wellbeing Committee works on various areas around the issues of equality and diversity in the workplace.  In November 2016 we submitted a bid for a silver award. 

Our 2016 submission document and full action plan can be read here.  Highlighted here are the three main action points for 2017:

  1. We will be more proactive in identifying and encouraging the best female applicants for senior academic staff vacancies.
  2. We will give priority attention to improving appraisal and feedback mechanisms for staff in the Department.
  3. We will increase awareness of support channels within the University and Department for staff affected by bullying or harassment.