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SLS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

SLS Athena SWAN Committee

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) achieved the Silver Athena SWAN Charter Mark in the 2018 submission round.

'As of 2021, we transformed into the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) being comprised of seven different Task Forces. While maintaining our core Athena Swan activities, we have widened our scope to take care of numerous aspects that are decisive for an inclusive and productive learning and teaching environment at SLS. Moreover, we will reach out to actively collaborate with other Athena Swan groups at the University of Warwick and beyond to build a network to support each other, to mutually learn from best practice examples and to make optimal use of resources for training and education to the maximum benefit. We work in a large team being well balanced in gender, ethnicity, professional role and seniority to achieve these ambitious aims.'
Professor Johannes Boltze, Chair of SLS EDIC

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award winners

Professor Johannes Boltze and Professor Phil Young both received commendation at the University of Warwick inaugural Excellence in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021. These awards recognise the outstanding contribution to the enhancement of equality, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to building more inclusive environments and experiences through everyday behaviours at the University of Warwick.

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

Task Force structure

Following our Silver award, six separate task forces were 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.

Task force 1
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Task force 2
Human Resources and career opportunities.

Task force 3
Student and staff continuous professional development. 

Task force 4
Outreach and representation.

Task force 5
Community feedback and working environment.

Task force 6
Data collection and analysis.

SLS EDIC Committee 

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

Get to Know Us

This is your opportunity to find out about our staff and see a less formal side.

Samantha Wilson-Thain,
Director of Student Experience.

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.

Previous Events

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.

Health and Wellbeing at Gibbet Hill 

Wellbeing support

Staff Wellbeing Hub

Employee Assistance Programme

Anti-racism resources