The University of Southampton

Equality and Diversity

How we support diversity

"We believe strongly in providing equal opportunities for all staff and students and have ongoing monitoring and actions to help us achieve this aim. We aspire to a balance of students which reflects that in the general population for gender, race and sexuality. We are using our work towards national diversity awards and our outreach activities in schools and colleges to inspire everyone to study physics. Our NSS scores show that our students are happy at Southampton, and we want to encourage everyone to get here.

"Physics thrives on new ways of thinking and including people from the most diverse backgrounds can drive this, building a welcoming, vibrant and exciting community where everyone can contribute"

Prof Jonathan Flynn, Head of Physics and Astronomy

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Vice Chancellor is the University’s Diversity Champion, and the university-wide diversity objectives are overseen by the faculty and departmental Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committees. Our own Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) committee represents all staff and students in the department, with the members ranging from undergraduate students through to senior academic staff. The current Chair is Professor Mark Sullivan.

The committee promotes Equality and Diversity in our department by:

  1. Ensuring and promoting equality of opportunity, fair policies and working practices in the department
  2. Working to increase diversity among the demographic of the department at all levels
  3. Improving the working environment by coordinating applications for national awards and initiatives, such as Athena Swan and Project Juno
  4. Considering all diversity and widening participation issues, and make policy recommendations to the P&A Senior Management Team
  5. Monitoring and regularly reviewing the development and implementation of action plans for implementing positive change
  6. Reporting to our Faculty ED&I Committee and the University Athena Swan Committee to ensure cohesion with the broader faculty and university strategies.

The meetings are held twice each term, and if you would like to raise an issue for consideration at the next meeting, please contact the Chair of the committee.

Athena SWAN

We are tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

IoP Juno Practitioner

We are working to address the under-representation of women in university physics


We are part of the South East Physics Network

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