Equality and Diversity

The School of History is strongly committed to actively supporting equality at every level irrespective of race, disability, age, faith, gender and sexual orientation. We seek to nurture the talents of all staff and students through fair practices.

Following a ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ event in 2015, in 2016 the School began working towards an Athena SWAN Gender Equality Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN self-assessment team consists of 12 members of the School, ranging from UG representatives to senior professors, and has been led by Dr Bridget Heal (2016-17) and Professor Frances Andrews (2017-19). The self-assessment process requires us to analyse applications, intake, progression and achievement amongst all our staff and students, and to implement a detailed action plan to promote gender equality at every level. We submitted an application for accreditation in May 2018 and will hear whether we have been successful in the autumn of 2018. In the meantime we have started implementing our action plan, which is designed to improve equality and diversity across everything that we do. Broader issues of equality and diversity are addressed by the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee, chaired by Dr Kate Ferris. Among other responsibilities, the Equality and Diversity Committee organise a series of events related to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion including those marking LGBT History Month, Black History Month and the Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
The School’s Equality and Diversity Officer is also responsible for handling any relevant issues within the School, whether they involve staff, students (undergraduate and postgraduate), or both. Relevant issues include any situation that touches on the maintenance of an inclusive, fair and diverse working environment within the School, including harassment and bullying, connected to age, disability, gender and sexuality, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, or sex. If you would like to discuss these issues or have experienced or witnessed an incident and would like to discuss or report it, either formally or informally, please contact Kate Ferris either by email (kf50@st-andrews.ac.uk) or in person during her office hour.

The University’s policies on equality, diversity and inclusion and on bullying and harassment, can be found in the links below:


Further information on equality policies and initiatives in the School and University can be found at: