Coronavirus information and guidance

Equality and diversity

The School of English is committed to creating an inclusive environment that supports equality and diversity. The School aims to achieve fair and equal representation for all, enabling all members of staff and students to contribute and reach their full potential. All staff operate under the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies.

The School is against any kind of discrimination and harassment on any basis, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. For more information on what constitutes bullying or harassment, please see the University’s advice and support webpage.  If you need to report or talk with someone about issues relating to Equality and Diversity, please get in touch with either the School's equality and diversity officer, or the Head of School. 

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN started with the Athena Project and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN) advancing representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in Higher Education. It has since been expanded to include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL). Athena SWAN covers professional and support staff and also transgender staff and students. Levels of the award are Bronze, Silver and Gold.‌

The School submitted its Athena Swan application (PDF)  and was awarded a Bronze Award in December 2019. (The submission has been redacted in accordance with GDPR guidelines advised by Advance HE and to remove the possibility that individuals will be personally identifiable from the data. The School has tried to maintain as much information as possible while complying with these guidelines.)

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.

Mediation Service

The University provides its own mediation service for staff, students, and members of the public who are connected to the University who want to resolve a disagreement informally. Mediation is a confidential, impartial and voluntary process in which trained mediators help people in dispute work out an agreement.