Professional culture in Life Sciences
A positive and inclusive working culture.
We are a scientifically and culturally diverse academic school where we aim to teach and train the next generation of scientists, discover how living organisms work, and apply this knowledge to improving wellbeing globally to help make the world a better place.
We are proud of the fact that our academics, professional and technical services staff, and trainees come from all over the world and from all walks of life, working together using a host of personal and technical approaches. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for us to ensure a vibrant and sustainable workplace culture. We aim to support and develop all our staff and students so they can work to the best of their ability, this requires a culture where everyone is able and feels empowered and safe to question and challenge behaviours that compromise this goal.
Research Excellence Framework 2021
Professional culture in the School is underpinned by our Culture Strategy. This ensures our activity is meaningful and has a purpose. The strategy comprises of five pillars of activity that contribute to our high performing community.
- Inclusive and supportive
- Career development
- Reward and recognition
- Rigour and excellence
- Open science
Delivery of the strategy
Overseen by the Associate Dean for Professional Culture, four separate groups will drive forward the future aims and action the strategy. Individuals for specific actions are identified as specified in the accompanying action plan.
There is support for our staff and students at a School and University level.
We offer training, run seminars, conferences and events. Please check our events listings for the latest information.
We present an annual People's Award for positive contributions to School culture. These are awarded to individuals and teams. All previous winners are listed on our School of Life Sciences Awards page.
Athena Swan Silver Award
As of July 2023, the School is a proud recipient of the Athena Swan Silver Award.