School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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

Athena Swan Award

The School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences was awarded 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 Athena SWAN Charter is managed by the Equality Challenge Unit. The Unit is an advocate for equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education. 

Also see Maternity and Student Leave and visit the University's student parent website and mature student website.

Silver Athena Swan logo

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. 

In the school the Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT) sits in the EDI group’s.

Since 2018 the school has run two EDI groups, one which primarily concentrates on staff issues (Staff Facing Group) and the other concentrates on student issues (Student Facing Group).

Both groups are built on a core group of staff members:

Core MembersStaff Facing GroupStudent Facing Group
  • Dr Damian Parry – EDI lead (academic)
  • Dr Debbie Bevitt – Head of School
  • Dr Lindsey Ferry – Degree Programme Director
  • Dr Alison Howard – Senior Tutor
  • Mrs Kerry Grenfrell – EDI administrator
  • Dr Alison Gregory – Technical Staff
  • Mrs Julie Alexander – Administrative Staff
  • Dr Owen Jeffries - Sport
  • Helen Mason - Nutrition

Members of the student body are recruited annually.
This helps incorporate representatives from all stages and programs.
It maximises diversity.
Students are recruited on a volunteer basis.

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 in the school.

Equality, diversity and inclusion student representatives
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) student representatives 2018

Contact Us

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