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Equality and Diversity Committee

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The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is committed to the promotion of Equality and Diversity (E&D) in all of the School's activities and policies, advancing equality of opportunity for all and working towards a more diverse and representative campus for staff and students alike.

To this end, we set up an Equality and Diversity Committee in 2017, which reports to the School Policy and Resourcing Committee (SPRC). More information on the Committee is available at the bottom of this page, which aims to provide a gateway for accessing resources and information about E&D in the School and at Manchester.

Profiles and progress

All higher education institutions have a duty to gather and publish information that demonstrates their compliance with the equality duty. You can also find information in the Athena Swan applications, available online (see below).

Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. The University of Manchester holds a Bronze award. The School will submit an application for the Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2020.

Race Equality Charter Mark

The Race Equality Charter Mark aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. The University of Manchester holds a Bronze award.

Additional resources

Policies and documents

You can find information on the University's policies regarding maternity, paternity and shared parental leave, as well as flexible working, on Staffnet.

There is information about what to do and how to get support if you have experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment, and discrimination on the EDI website.

As part of efforts to make our recruitment process more inclusive and accessible, we have also prepared some guidance on  applying and interviewing. We hope this will encourage interest from a wide range of candidates, support early-career academics, and help us build a more diverse campus community.

Professional development

Every year the School holds information sessions about applying for promotion, in advance of the annual deadlines for application (which fall in December).

Things you can do as one person

  1. Add gender pronouns to your email signature (see UoM guidance on email signatures)
  2. Use a sans serif font (e.g. Verdana, Arial, Calibri) and avoid black text on white background (see British Dyslexia Association Dyslexia friendly style guide)
  3. If you find it useful to email out of regular hours, consider reminding others you don’t expect the same of them. Here’s one example from an email signature: ‘Please only reply to this email when it is necessary, convenient and during what you would consider as your working day.
  4. Join a staff network group (see lists and details on the UoM EDI website)
  5. Become a mentor (apply here)
  6. When organising lectures or research seminars, allow a short break (3-5 minutes) between the speaker’s presentation and questions, which gives a chance for the audience to think through/discuss their questions and encourages wider participation
  7. If you teach, ask yourself: ‘To what extent does the content of my/our syllabus/programme presume a particular profile/mindset of student and their orientation to the world?’ (from the Decolonising SOAS Learning and Teaching Toolkit, Questions for Module and Programme Convenors)
  8. Think in advance about how you would handle an incident of inappropriate behaviour if you were witness to one
  9. Ask visitors and guests about access needs

About the SALC E&D committee

We are actively involved in raising awareness of equality and diversity in the School, promoting inclusivity and equality across its diverse staff and student populations, as well as its culture and environment. We work with the University’s office of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty of Humanities Equality and Diversity Working Group.

Our remit includes, among others, identifying and sharing good practice, scrutinising policies and practices related to teaching and learning, research, staff recruitment and development, student profile and experiences, and environment to ensure that the School's E&D objectives are upheld to the utmost.

The committee meets three times a year and overlooks the implementation of the Action Plan that is being drawn up for submission to the Athena SWAN Charter for the Bronze award. View the SALC E&D committee's Terms of Reference 2018 (pdf).

Our members

The committee reviews its membership annually, striving to maintain a gender and diversity balance, and welcomes self-nominations from new members (marked with an asterisk in the list above). Please contact jayne.hindle@manchester.ac.uk if you are interested in joining us.

Our current membership as of February 2022

  • Alicia Eccleston - Senior Ug Programme Administrator
  • Amani Lowey - Language Tutor (French)
  • Anke Bernau - Senior Lecturer In Medieval Literature And Culture
  • Billy Tusker Haworth - Lecturer in Critical GIS and International Disaster Management
  • Catherine Tann - People and Organisational Development Partner
  • David Calder - Lecturer in Drama
  • David Butler - Senior Lecturer in Drama and Screen Studies
  • Diane Thomas - People and Organisational Development Partner
  • Eloise Moss - Senior Lecturer in Modern British History and SALC Lead, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Chair)
  • Emma Rayner - Senior Ug Programme Administrator
  • Evanthia Patsiaoura - Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
  • Francesca Billiani - Professor of Italian
  • Georg Christ - Senior Lecturer in Medieval & Early Modern History
  • Gerardo Serra - Presidential Fellow in History
  • Holly Morse - Lecturer in Bible, Gender and Culture
  • Ingrid Rembold - Lecturer in Medieval History
  • Jayne Hindle - Head of School Operations
  • Jenna Ashton - Lecturer in Heritage Studies
  • Jenny Bryan - Senior Lecturer in Classical Philosophy
  • Jenny Rodriguez - Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies
  • Jessica White - Teaching Assistant (History)
  • Kathryn Bradley - Under graduate student
  • Kim Hunter - School Operations Manager
  • Luxi Yang - Senior Language Tutor (Chinese)
  • Mark Woolstencroft - Martin Harris Centre Manager and External Relations Manager (Secretary)
  • Osen Yildirim - Compliance, Safety and Estates Manager
  • Raksha Parmar - Research Support Manager
  • Roisin Read - Lecturer in Peace And Conflict Studies
  • Sheena Kalayil - Senior Language Tutor
  • Simon Parry - Lecturer in Drama and Arts Management and Director for Social Responsibility and Internationalisation
  • Simone De Cia - Lecturer in Linguistics
  • Stephanie Rinaldi - Research Programmes Manager in HCRI
  • Steven Pierce - Senior Lecturer in Modern African History and SALC Disability Champion
  • Susie Miles - Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education
  • Thomas Schmidt - Head of School and Professor of Music