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Inclusivity CLES Cornwall

Inclusivity CLES Cornwall

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences in Cornwall is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all our staff and students and we are proud to have held an Athena SWAN Silver Award since 2014, recognising the initiatives we have put in place to achieve gender equality. The CLES Inclusivity Committee has a membership that represents students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and staff (Professional Services, Research, Education and Scholarship and Education and Research) and through this membership we hope to capture the views, ongoing issues and suggestions of the CLES Cornwall community.

We welcome new members to join the committee and we particularly welcome interest, ideas and suggestions from groups who may currently be under-represented in the department. Please get in touch with the relevant representative on the CLES Inclusivity Committee should you wish to discuss any issues. For any further issues relating to the Cornwall Campuses in Penryn and Truro more broadly, please get in touch with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor Rae Preston.

Athena SWAN

Our goal is to attract, retain and promote women throughout our pipeline.

We have set out an action plan to overcome the obstacles that are in the way of female scientists progressing into successful academic careers. These include ensuring that all of our staff have the ability to work flexibly around caring for their children or other family commitment, giving female academics more time to focus on research after maternity leave and making sure that our department is transparent and accessible.

We believe that a fair and balanced workforce will benefit everyone in our department and attract the very best students and academics from our rich and diverse society.

“Athena SWAN provides us with a framework to promote career development and an improved working environment for our female staff and students. Academia must be a career that lacks prejudice. We must all learn about our unconscious biases, and work around them to foster fairness in our department. Inclusivity influences all activity in CLES Cornwall, and our Inclusivity Committee ranks alongside Research Committee and Education Committee in our management structure. We are deeply proud of our Athena SWAN Silver award, but we are not complacent with issues of equality for all staff and students.”

David Hodgson, Professor of Ecology & Director of the Centre of Ecology and Conservation

Inclusivity panel

Meet the CLES Cornwall Inclusivity Committee.

Useful links

Parent and carers

For staff who are, or are about to become, parents and/or carers, please see the university’s dedicated webpage. Here you will find useful information and forms for parents and carers such as taking maternitypaternityshared, and adoption leave, information about childcare vouchers, our on-site nurseryflexible working, and whole host of other services.

Dignity and respect

How to report harassment or bullying, and other relevant information from our dignity and respect advisors.

Student wellbeing

The wellbeing team within Student Services offer counselling and mental health support with online appointment booking.

Staff counselling

Members of staff can access confidential counselling 24 hours a day via Care First on 0800 174319.

FXU Voices

Voices is a collaborative project between FXU, Her Campus and The Falmouth Anchor, providing a platform for students whose voices might previously have been lost in the noise. Each volume covers a different topic including ethnicityfaithLGBT+, and women.


Examples of initiatives and events to increase gender equality, inclusivity, and diversity on our Cornwall Penryn campus:

Flickr album

CLES Cornwall Inclusivity Initiatives

Video - Athena SWAN at the Penryn Campus

CLES staff members share their thoughts on inclusivity