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. We seek 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 has a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination, harassment, and violence:

  • The School of International Relations is committed to diversity and inclusivity, for students and for staff. The School adheres to strict non-discrimination policies, and will not tolerate disrespect, discrimination, harassment, or violence by, or against, any member of our community. 

In addition, each member of the School community is responsible for preventing unfair discrimination or harassment or victimisation, challenging such behaviour if they are witness to it, and reporting inappropriate behaviour as needed. For more information on what constitutes problematic behaviour including bullying and harassment, please see the University’s website for more information.  

If you need to report or talk with someone about issues relating to Equality and Diversity, such as fairness, discrimination, and/or harassment, please be in contact with either the School’s Equality and Diversity Chair, Dr Caron Gentry or the Head of School, Professor Tony Lang. Please note that we our willing to help staff and students navigate the University reporting system.

Since February 2017, the School has been working towards an Athena SWAN Gender Equality Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN self-assessment team consists of 14 members of the School, ranging from UG representatives to senior professors, and has been led by Dr Caron Gentry (2017-2020). The self-assessment process has 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 Caron Gentry.