School of Engineering

Equality & Diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations and long-term ambitions

Our staff and students come from many different cultures and backgrounds

The Deputy Head of School and Operations Manager have responsibility for ensuring equality and diversity is featured in all committee terms of reference and revising our policy on recruitment approaches to both staff appointments and student recruitment

As a University, Faculty, and School, we have a strong track record in the Athena SWAN scheme. Athena SWAN advances gender equality with representation, progression and success for all. The School of Engineering was granted a Bronze award in October 2018, valid for three years.

 The School has been awarded an award extension, and as part of this extension, we shall be implementing new initiatives such as:

  • a full school EDI survey to establish and confirm priority areas and actions; 
  • maternity and paternity leave for postgraduate research students whose sponsor does not otherwise provide it; 
  • training to staff and postdoctoral research associates in embedding EDI principles, commitments and actions in research proposals, and delivering as planned when successful; 
  • improved unconscious bias training; and to understand and build upon the recent high success rate of promotion applications by women; 
  • our celebration of International Women in Engineering Day and other significant events; 
  • our contribution and commitment to the culture and practice that underpins the institutional Silver Athena SWAN award, recently successfully renewed; and 
  • our participation in the Faculty Athena SWAN Working Group and Athena SWAN regional support network, which have both been set up to co-ordinate activities and to help share good practice.
Athena SWAN Bronze awarded to the School of Engineering, Newcastle University

We work to ensure that people with any protected characteristic have equal opportunities in study and in employment with us. The characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Newcastle University initiatives include:

  • unconscious bias training for staff
  • review of marketing and recruitment materials to promote openness and fairness
  • a wide range of events throughout the year, where staff and students learn about, share and explore different aspects of Equality and Diversity