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.

In November 2018 the School of History was successful in its application for 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 have now started implementing our action plan, which is designed to improve equality and diversity across everything that we do.

Our departmental Athena Swan bronze award application. (The document has been redacted in parts, in line with GDPR regulations.)

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

Bullying and Harassment

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.

E&D resources for History staff and students

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: