Developing an inclusive working environment

The Welfare and Communication Committee is made up of representatives from a range of staff groups and students in the school. The set-up of the committee was supported through research funding and a national initiative on gender equality - the Athena SWAN Charter. One of the key aims of the committee is to develop a programme to promote gender equality, analyse data and collaboratively work on Athena SWAN submissions. The committee also considers the welfare of all staff and communications within the school. The committee has undertaken specific activities related to gender equality actions, for example: a discussion of data on gender in the school and committee members helped to pilot the staff surveys.


The committee produce minutes and interact with the broader school structure via school staff meetings, meetings with the senior management team and informal networking with colleagues in the school. The purpose is to encourage better information flow across all members of the school and to support initiatives that develop an inclusive working environment.