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:

  • A transparent promotional process
  • Mentoring for staff and students
  • Training and workshops
  • Gender balance on interview panels and decision making committees
  • A dedicated outreach officer

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.

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 maternity, paternity, shared, and adoption leave, information about childcare vouchers, our on-site nursery, flexible 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 ethnicity, faith, LGBT+, and women.