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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We're committed to providing an equal and fair working and learning environment.

Athena Swan awards

The School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences achieved Athena Swan Bronze status in October 2015. The Faculty of Medical Sciences and Newcastle University both hold Athena Swan Silver status.

Newcastle University was recognised for its good employment practice and promotion of women in STEM subjects.

The Equality Challenge Unit manages the Athena SWAN Charter. The Unit is an advocate for equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education.

Read more about maternity and student leave and read about the University's support for student parents and mature students.

You can also view our Diversity Calendar to see the various festivals and occasions that staff and students are engaged with.


Our self assessment team

Our Equality and Fairness Self Assessment Team takes an inclusive approach. We consider all staff roles and undergraduate students.

The team develops good practice for Equality and Fairness in the School. It maintains and improves on our bronze level award.

The Athena Swan Self Assessment Team sits in the EDI groups within the School.

Since 2018, we have run two EDI groups. The Staff Facing Group concentrates on staff issues. The Student Facing Group concentrates on student issues.

Both groups include a core group of staff members.


Both teams meet twice a year to monitor developments within the School, Faculty and University and to report on action plan progress.

EDI is a standing item on the agendas for the School’s weekly Teaching Meeting, Board of Studies, Students Staff Committee and other meetings.

Contact us

If you have any questions or suggestions or would like to get involved, contact Dr Catherine Meplan.