Equality, diversity and inclusion

The School of Physics and Astronomy 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 Policy.

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 web page.

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 Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion or the Head of School. These are the current members of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Report and Support tool is available to report any concerns you have related to wellbeing, bullying, discrimination, abuse, assault or harassment of any sort. You can report anonymously or using your contact details. If you provide your contact details, a member of staff will be able to contact you to help provide support. This tool can be used by students, members of staff, members of the public or visitors to the University.

The Mediation Service is available to students, staff and members of the public, experiencing disagreement or conflict, who would prefer a less formal method of discussing University-related disagreements and grievances. The service is also available for groups or teams. 

The Mediators are staff members from The University of St Andrews who have undertaken formal mediation training accredited by Scottish Mediation. Several Post Graduate students have also qualified in Mediation. Mediators act impartially and separately from University Schools and Services. They are solely interested in helping those engaged in the service reach a mutually acceptable solution.

Mediation is a confidential, informal, voluntary, self-determined and without prejudice process. If you or someone you know is involved in a disagreement that is in its early stages or has reached an impasse, please contact mediation@st-andrews.ac.uk for an informal chat about how the mediators can help.

In 2017, in recognition of the School's commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, the School was awarded Juno Champion status by the Institute of Physics and was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is determined to foster an inclusive environment that promotes equality and values diversity. The School has published a Code of Conduct (PDF) .

We encourage anyone to come and talk to a committee member if you have any problems with aspects of life within the School, University or academia more broadly. However, you may also use the feedback form to provide anonymous feedback or complaints. The form is submitted directly to the School Director of E&D by email. Where necessary and appropriate details will then be shared with the Head of School, selected members of the E&D committee, Human Resources or Student Services. Note that serious complaints will be acted on to the best of the School's abilities even if they are made anonymously.