Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Gender Equality

Life Sciences is proud to have been the first School at the University of Sussex to obtain an Athena SWAN Silver award, first given in 2015, and renewed in 2019. You can find out more in this news item and our action plan.

Race Equality

The University of Sussex has acknowledged it must do more to ensure fair access and progression for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and students. The School of Life Sciences is introducing measures to reduce the Sussex BAME awarding gap, which is a key priority for the School and University. We are working with the University and external consultants to increase staff knowledge in the barriers to Higher Education for people of colour and have formed a School working group to address teaching and structural inequities.We also host two student BAME ambassadors, who are students within the School, who are enabling co-production of work. You can read more in this news item.

LGBTQ+ in Science

The School’s project ‘Out and About STEM’ was launched in 2017 as part of a Diversity in Science grant from The Biochemical Society. As part of this initiative, ‘LGBT in science’ badges were produced, along with guidance for use of inclusive language and events that promote visibility of LGBT+ in Science. Students and staff regularly attend events such as Brighton Pride, and pronoun use is encouraged throughout the School.

Read this blog by PhD student Dori Grijseels (they/them) about why visibility of LGBT scientists is important.

Disability Equality

Life Sciences recognises the need to better support disabled staff and students. We strive to make our building as accessible as possible, and ensure our estate is inclusive. Whether our community has physical, mental or hidden disabilities, a key priority will be to improve provision for disabled staff and students.

  • Wellbeing room for use as a temporary quiet space, such as for breastfeeding or expressing milk, medical treatments, and other requirements.
  • Multi-faith prayer room open for prayer and quiet contemplation.