Inclusivity CLES Cornwall
Our commitment to inclusivity
The College of Life and Environmental Sciences in Cornwall has made a commitment to inclusivity for all our staff and students. This also encompasses gender equality, and we currently hold a Silver Athena SWAN award, recognising the many initiatives we have put in place.
Here are a few of our forward-thinking policies designed to promote an inclusive department in which world class research and teaching can thrive:
- Mentoring for staff and students
- Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity training and workshops
- A dedicated outreach officer
- Gender balance on interview panels and decision making committees
- A transparent promotional process
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
Meet the CLES Cornwall Inclusivity Committee.
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 maternity, paternity, shared, and adoption leave, information about childcare vouchers, our on-site nursery, flexible working, and whole host of other services.
How to report harassment or bullying, and other relevant information from our dignity and respect advisors.
The wellbeing team within Student Services offer counselling and mental health support with online appointment booking.
Members of staff can access confidential counselling 24 hours a day via Care First on 0800 174319.
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 ethnicity, faith, LGBT+, and women.
Examples of initiatives and events to increase gender equality, inclusivity, and diversity on our Cornwall Penryn campus: