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. 

Useful Athena Swan resources

There are many opportunities, resources and support networks available for women in science, both within and outside our University. 


Further information can be found below and on the main university Athena SWAN resources page.