We want everyone in the Astronomy & Astrophysics group to feel welcome, safe, respected, valued, and supported during their time with the group.
We are committed to upholding the University's Values, and to facilitating a working and learning environment in which all group members are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment, of any kind, are not tolerated.
We abide by the Dignity at Warwick policy, and strongly encourage all group members to say no to bullying and harassment. All group members are expected to follow the principles of Respect at Warwick.
We encourage all group members to use the University's Report + Support portal to report unwelcome behaviour.
The University has a lot of resources and information to help and support you during your time at Warwick, but it can be hard to know where to find these or who to turn to. We hope that this page, which is divided into the following sections, can direct you to the information or resources that you need.
The Physics Department website has an A-Z page of useful links to information about a variety of topics.
Reporting unwelcome behaviour
If you experience or witness any behaviour or situation that you think goes against the University's values or the policies linked above, or more generally have concerns about someone or something, we encourage you to report it.
Report + Support is the University's online reporting service. It provides a support system for students and staff affected by harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, or sexual misconduct. It allows you to disclose something anonymously, or speak to an advisor confidentially, if you don't want to provide personal information.
More information about Report + Support can be found in their FAQ. There are also one hour Report + Support training sessions running twice a week during Term 2; notes from one of these sessions are available to download.
If you're not sure about using the Report + Support service, or don't wish to use it straight away, there are people within the group who you can talk to.
- If you're a research staff or academic staff member, you can talk to your line manager
- If you're a postgraduate, you can talk to your supervisor, feedback supervisor, or reserve supervisor. You can also talk to the Physics Director of Graduate Studies (currently Dr James Lloyd-Hughes)
- Any group member can talk to the head of group (currently Danny Steeghs)
You can also approach any member of staff to discuss your concerns.
- Group members Heather Cegla, Farzana Meru, Elizabeth Stanway, Matteo Brogi, and David Brown in particular are happy to discuss anything that you want to talk about.
Anonymous notes under office doors or in pigeonholes are also welcome!
Wellbeing and Support
Good levels of wellbeing help us balance the requirements of work and home and enable us to cope with motivation and resilience. However we recognise that there may be times when that balance is harder to achieve.
We are committed to ensuring that all group members have easy access to sources of advice and help. The University provides a range of support services to address physical, mental health and other welfare issues, and we encourage all group members to engage with them as and when they need to.
Wellbeing Support Services provide a range of services that can help you to develop the personal resources and skills you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of life at Warwick, including a list of self-help resources.
The Physics Department have several Mental Health First Aiders to provide help and support to all members of the department.
Resources for postgraduates
There are also several other places to find support and help at the University.
The Postgraduate Hub is the heart of the postgraduate community at Warwick. The physical Hub space in the Junction building is open to all postgraduate students at Warwick and has facilities for independent and group study, presentations, meetings and workshops. The PG Hub team also run a wide range of events and training sessions for postgraduates. The PG Hub website has lots of useful information on it, including information about wellbeing.
Nightline is a student-run, confidential, and non-judgmental peer-to-peer support listening service.
The Physics postgraduate student-staff liaison committee (PGSSLC) exists to represent the views of postgraduates within the department and encourage a sense of community.
Services for postdocs, research staff, & academic staff
Wellbeing Support Services have a specific staff wellbeing section on their website.
Warwick have a dedicated Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which is a confidential support service designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life, work life, health, or general wellbeing.
The Physics Department has a webpage providing lots of information about working in the department.
Employees of the university have access to a range of rewards and benefits, which may be of use.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Astronomy & Astrophysics group strongly supports the pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our working environment.
The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at Warwick website contains a lot of great information on ED&I topics, including:
- The University's ED&I-related policies and guidelines
- Information about the ED&I network
- ED&I training, guidance, and resources covering topics such as ED&I in general, Unconscious Bias, Anti-Racism, and Trans, Disability and Mental Health/Wellbeing Awareness.
- Information about the University's ED&I-related taskforces and social inclusion committee, as well as other groups and networks.
- The Charter Marks and benchmarks that the University is working on to measure progress on ED&I and identify areas for improvement.
- ED&I-related events
Within the Astronomy & Astrophysics group we have our regular Equitea discussion forum. The Equitea pages include a comprehensive list of resources related to ED&I