Equality & Diversity

The Department of Earth Sciences is proud to have received an Athena Swan Bronze Award following our submission in April 2016. Athena Swan is a charter for women in science, recognising commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. athena-swan-bronze

The Athena Swan application process involves a critical self-assessment, highlighting both positive and negative issues, and an action plan that addresses the negative issues.

The self assessment team is comprised of:
Professors Tamsin Mather (Chair) & Gideon Henderson (HoD)
Associate Professors Heather BoumanNick Tosca
Postdoctoral Research Assistants Rosie Jones John Hooker
Graduate Students Allison BryanBrooke Johnson
Undergraduate Students Eloise Chambers & Tom Reershemius
Administrative/Technical Staff: Emma Brown (Academic Administrator), Claire Grainger (External Relations Officer), Emma Smith (HR Manager), Ashleigh Hewson (Buildings Manager), Philip Holdship (Research Lab Manager) & Ian Wright (Departmental Administrator)

Changes that have been made over the past few years to improve the working lives of women (and often, employees in general) in the department include:

  • Establishment of a Workplace and Equality Committee
  • Improved mentoring for postdocs
  • Improved gender balance in role-models on the web, publications and at events
  • Provision of baby-changing facilities in the disabled toilets
  • Flexible working policy
  • Clarification of core hours & flexible scheduling of lectures, seminars and meetings to facilitate childcare and school pick-ups.
  • Family-orientated social events

The University’s Equality & Diversity Unit offers many varied opportunities for women in the department to gain specific networking and professional opportunities, for example:

The Department actively encourages all staff, and particularly female staff, to take part in these and any other suitable opportunities for career enhancement.

The department welcomes students and staff with a range of disabilities. The building is highly accessible, with lifts to all floors and wheelchair access to all labs and seminar rooms. You can find out more about our provision on the University’s Access Guide.

Download the Oxford Earth Sciences Athena Swan Action Plan 2016