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Equality and Diversity

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

The School of International Relations actively strives to create a diverse population within its staff and students and wishes to provide a place of welcome and tolerance for study and research. In order to foster diversity and inclusion, equal access to opportunity is essential. Academic quality and rigor for all students and staff is linked to the elimination of bias and discrimination. Therefore, the School aims to recruit and treat all people with respect.

The School adheres to strict non-discrimination policies, and will not tolerate disrespect, discrimination, harassment, or violence by, or against, any member of its community.

Report and support

If you need to report or talk with someone about issues relating to equality and diversity, such as fairness, discrimination, or harassment, please contact either the School’s Equality and Diversity Officer, Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli, or the Head of School, Professor Caron Gentry, using the email address. The School is willing to help staff and students navigate the University reporting system.

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

Starting with February 2017, the School worked towards an Athena SWAN Gender Equality Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN self-assessment team consisted of 14 members of the School, ranging from UG representatives to senior professors, and was been led by Professor Caron Gentry (2017 to 2020).

The self-assessment process required 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. Broader issues of equality and diversity are addressed by the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee, chaired by Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli

The School of International Relations was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award in May 2019 in recognition of their commitment to advance gender equality in academic, professional and support roles, and to overcome barriers to career progression for all.