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Equality and diversity

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of Art History is committed to creating an inclusive environment that supports equality and diversity. Our School wishes to foster an environment free of prejudice, in which all staff and students feel able to reach their full potential. All staff operate under the University’s Equality and Diversity Inclusion Policy.

The School does not tolerate harassment or and bullying of any kind; legally protected characteristics are age, disability, gender and sexuality, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, and sex. Any harassment or bullying that is witnessed and reported to the EDI Officer will be investigated and dealt with according to University policy. 

EDI Committee

The EDI Committee assists in the School’s effort to facilitate transparent and collaborative forward planning, so as to fairly distribute responsibilities between all members of staff. Members of the committee familiarize themselves with University policies regarding equality and inclusion and communicate this information to staff and students. The committee also leads initiatives to ensure workplace equality amongst all levels of staff, regardless of length of contract or grade of employment. Other members of the committee are student-facing, working to engender an open conversation about demographic and curricular diversity in the School.

The current members of the EDI Committee are:


EDI Officer

The EDI Officer represents the interests of EDI on the School Management Committee. The EDI Officer is the point of contact for any grievances regarding bullying and harassment, as well as any concerns that are relevant to the School’s commitment to the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. The school’s current EDI Officer is Marika Takanishi Knowles. She welcomes suggestions, concerns, and communications, and can be contacted at

Report and support

If you or someone you know has experienced bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault or harassment of any sort, you can report such incidents anonymously using the University’s Report and Support tool, which is aligned to institutional policies. You can also choose to use this tool to report using your contact details so a member of staff can get in touch with you to help provide support. This tool can be used by students, members of staff, members of the public or visitors to the University. 

Athena Swan Bronze Award

The school is proud to be the recipient of an Athena Swan Gender Equality Bronze Award. This award is the result of a year-long process (2017-18) in which members of the school’s Self-Assessment Team analysed the results of student and staff surveys, collected statistical data, conducted focus groups with student and staff, and worked together to identify and address the challenges that emerged. The EDI Committee is currently implementing the Athena Swan Action Plan.

Logo for the Athena Swan Bronze award

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