We work together with mutual respect and integrity. We value a working and learning environment in which people are free to be themselves. The School respects the multi-dimensional lives of all its members and is committed to creating and supporting a learning and working environment in which staff and students can flourish in all aspects of their work and lives.
Essex Business School is Athena SWAN Bronze award accredited and we are working towards the Athena SWAN Silver Departmental Award.
The application will drive structural and cultural progress towards ensuring that Essex Business School is a gender equal working and learning environment for all staff, students and visitors.
As part of the application process, we have drawn up an action plan to ensure that championing gender equality is at the heart of our research, teaching and professional practice.
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) champions equality in higher education. It operates the Athena SWAN Charter to recognise work that addresses gender equality in a range of subjects within higher education, including business and the social sciences. It enables universities and departments to apply for awards that recognise their work on championing equality.
Our Athena SWAN self-assessment team prepared our application for the Bronze award and is working on our Silver award application. The team is united by their expertise, interests and experience.
"The Athena SWAN process has raised awareness of the breadth and depth of gender research conducted across the School and has encouraged us to establish a new research cluster on Gender and Work and launch the inclusivity focussed COVER research centre. Through showcasing our research in this area we hope to build new collaborations with business and community groups, and develop our students as gender-aware future business leaders."
Professor of Finance and Chair of the Athena SWAN panelDean of Essex Business School, Essex Business School
As Dean of Essex Business School, Professor Claudia Girardone promotes equality and diversity as fundamental principles for achieving research excellence. She embeds these principles in research policies, practices and culture. Professor Girardone has undertaken 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.
Equality and Inclusion CoordinatorSenior Lecturer in Finance, Essex Business School
Doctor Theodora Bermpei leads on the school's equality and inclusion strategy and supports academic and professional services staff in embedding equality and inclusion into their syllabi and processes.
Doctor of Management Science and EntrepreneurshipSenior Lecturer, Essex Business School
Dr Svetlana Warhurst is the School’s Education Director and works to ensure that our students experience a transformative education in an inclusive and diverse community. She has undertaken professional development courses within the University, including our Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Leaders programme. She has also taken part in leadership training with the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
Academic Officer and Deputy ManagerProfessional Services, Essex Business School
Alex Nicholas is Academic Officer and Deputy Manager at our Southend Campus and the Unison Branch Equality Officer for the University of Essex. He is particularly interested in LGBTQI equality. 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 was part of the self- assessment team for the University’s Gender Equality Chartermark application. He has completed a TUC accredited Equality Representatives course and has recently completed his Executive MBA with Essex Business School.
Student Services AdvisorProfessional Services, Essex Business School
Darren 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.