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SLS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

March 2024 - We are delighted to announce that the School of Life Sciences (SLS) has successfully renewed its Athena Swan Silver Award.

“We were privileged to work with a great group of dedicated staff and students working on the EDIC. Without their contribution, this success would not have been possible. We have worked on almost 100 actions over the last 5-year self-assessment period, with 99% of them being completed. Most importantly, we have drafted an action plan for the next 5 years which we hope will make a sector leading impact in gender equity and will do pioneering work on race equity as well. There will also be a focus on disabilities and improving community culture for staff and students. Given the great EDIC team and the outstanding senior management support, we are more than optimistic to achieve all aims of the upcoming 5-year self-assessment period, ultimately achieving Gold Status.”

Dr Beatriz Lagunas and Professor Johannes Boltze, Co-Chairs SLS EDI Committee


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Task Force structure

Following our Silver award renewal, four separate task forces have been introduced. These meet monthly and report back to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) to ensure targeted and systematic adherence to the action plan, while also addressing the expanded remit of the EDIC.

  • Gender Task Force
  • Race Task Force
  • Disabilities Task Force
  • Community Task Force

We are committed to advancing the careers and opportunities for all our staff and students.

Our aim is to attain an open, inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can achieve their goals.

Meet the SLS EDI committee

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award winners

Dr Beatriz Lagunas received Highly commended at the University of Warwick Excellence in Gender Equality Awards 2023. The individual staff award recognises a member of staff that is making a positive difference within the gender equality agenda around the University.
Individual staff awards

Professor Johannes Boltze and Professor Phil Young both received commendation at the University of Warwick inaugural Excellence in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021.

5 questions with Johannes Boltze - find out about the work and story behind his award.

Gender Equality Initiatives

The School of Life Sciences is committed to promoting gender equality in research and teaching.


SLS prides itself on outreach activities, having close relationships with local schools in under-represented communities and undertakes summer schools and school visits to enthuse school children on biosciences.

Outreach in Life Sciences

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Head of Educational Services

Celebrating success

We are proud of the SLS community and share their successes and achievements on our website, in our monthly newsletter, on digital signage across the School, in termly staff meetings and on social media.

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Health and Wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing of our staff and students is important to us and we provide a range of resources for support.

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Wellbeing support

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Employee Assistance Programme

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