Essex Business School is committed to recognising multiplicity and to
promoting equality in every aspect of our work. We promote an inclusive
culture of dignity and respect, so that all staff and students are supported
and can develop the confidence to reach their potential.
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) aims to
transform gender and race equality in higher education. It operates the Athena
SWAN Charter to enable universities and departments to apply for awards that
recognise their work on championing equality.
Essex Business School is working towards the Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental
Award. The application will drive structural and cultural change to ensure we
continue to attract outstanding staff and students who share our commitment to
equality and nurture a supportive environment in which all staff and students
The accreditation process
We are working with colleagues across the University, as well as part of
a group of business schools committed to championing equality in research,
education and professional practice. The accreditation process includes a
combination of self-assessment, peer review and continuous progression. It
will enable us to reflect on key areas of working practices, including:
- gender representation
- recruitment and selection
- progression and development
- our working environment
Our Athena SWAN panel
Our Athena SWAN panel is preparing our application. The panel includes staff
and students from across the School, united by their expertise, interests and
Read profiles from some of our panel:
Professor Claudia Girardone
As the School’s Director of Research,
Professor Claudia Girardone
promotes equality and diversity as fundamental principles for achieving research
excellence. She embeds these principles in research policies, practices and
Professor Girardone has taken advantage of a number of career development
opportunities provided by the University of Essex. Most recently, she has
attended a course on measuring research quality and benchmarking performance
against other universities.
Dr Svetlana Warhurst
Warhurst is the School’s Education Director and works to ensure that our
students experience a transformative education in an inclusive and diverse
She has undertaken numerous professional development courses within the
University, including our Vice-Chancellor’s
Strategic Leaders programme. She has also undertaken leadership training
with the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
is Academic Services Administrator at our Southend Campus and the Unison Branch
Equality Officer for the University of Essex. He is particularly interested in
As a trade union representative, Alex promotes equality in the workplace and
ensures that equality issues are considered in collective bargaining. He seeks
to ensure that every worker receives fair treatment irrespective of their
gender, race, disability, religion, age or sexuality.
He has previously been a member of the self- assessment team for the
University’s Gender Equality Chartermark application. He has completed a TUC
accredited Equality Representatives course and is currently studying his
MBA with Essex Business School, alongside his employment with us.
is Executive PA at the School.
As a member of our Executive Services team, Katy brings her experience of
working with both our professional services and academic staff to the panel.
She has taken part in professional development provided by the University,
including the Springboard Development Programme for women. The scheme enables
women to create an action plan for career progression and develop the confidence
and necessary practical skills to achieve their goals.
is undertaking her PhD
at Essex Business School, exploring the under-representation of women on
corporate boards. Her work seeks to advance equality and diversity debates
beyond traditional, categorical thinking to recognise gender complexity and
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Alison also promotes gender equality
through her research-led teaching within the School. She also contributes to
seminars and events organised by our
Centre for Work, Organisations and Society.
Herbert is a Student Services Advisor at our Colchester Campus. As part of
the School’s students services team, Darren and his colleagues are often the
first port of call for students looking for advice. Darren works closely with
the University’s Student
Services Hub and signposts students to relevant support services.
Darren has undertaken mental health first aid training, as well as
professional development around managing difficult conversations.
Our work on equality
journal articles and working papers
on issues of equality and our
Centre for Work, Organisation and Society organises regular seminars. Recent
examples have included:
Equality and professional development resources
The University of Essex has a number of resources to support the promotion of
equality and EBS supports staff to undertake career development training and