School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Equality and Inclusion

Promoting and celebrating equality in our department

Our School has a vibrant community of academic and administrative staff, working at all levels. 

Athena Swan

The Athena SwanCharter 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.

Since then the charter has 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 was awarded the Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEM. 

Our School was also awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award in September 2020. Our success in achieving this award has depended on the hard work of staff and students across the School and reflects the School’s commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Following on from this award we have established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, which will provide a more encompassing platform and enable us to broaden our inclusivity work. It will also support our ongoing evaluation to enable us to improve our equality, diversity and inclusivity practices

Celebrating women in our department

To celebrate the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th 2020, the University of Essex is bringing together women working across STEM subjects at Essex to reflect on their experiences and inspire women and girls to follow in their footsteps by embracing a career in science.

Here in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (SRES) we have asked Dr Ruth Lowry, Reader and new SRES staff member, to tell us about her unique career journey, and thoughts on women in science.

Resources for Staff

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

Resources for students

We understand that some of our students may have different access needs or may need additional support while studying with us.

Our Student Directory includes articles about how we support our students, and how we ensure our campuses are accessible to all. If you have any questions you can also contact our Colchester Student Services Hub, who are happy to answer queries and provide signposting to our range of services.