School of Health and Social Care

Equality and inclusion

Equality in our School

Our School of Health and Social Care is committed to equality and development of an inclusive culture promoting dignity and respect, qualities that are also endorsed by the values of the NHS constitution with which all staff and students engage.

We were awarded the Athena Swan Silver Department Award in October 2017, following our success at achieving the Athena Swan Bronze Departmental Award in October 2015. We're immensely proud to be the first department in the university to achieve this award.

The Athena Swan Charter

The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The University of Essex has a Women's Network to support female staff and students and was awarded the Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEM.

“We are delighted to have achieved the Athena Swan Silver Award. This recognition of our work is an important landmark in our journey to create an inclusive environment with equal opportunities for all.”
Professor Gill Green Leader of the School’s Athena Swan team

Resources for Staff

There are a wide range of opportunities, resources and support networks available for our staff, both within and outside our University. 

Equity, diversity and inclusion in clinical psychology training

Aspire is a new mentoring scheme created by the University of Essex Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme. The scheme is funded by Health Education England as part of their racial equity initiative. It aims to provide group mentoring for ethnic minority aspiring psychologists who are interested in applying to a clinical psychology doctoral programme in the UK.

Mentoring can help to widen support networks by connecting mentees with qualified and trainee clinical psychologists who can draw on professional and personal experience. A mentor can fulfil many roles and adapt their support based on mentees' changing needs and goals. They can help to support mentees aspirations and build on their strengths and skills.

Resources for students