Committed to equality and diversity Committed to equality and diversity

The School of International Development is fully committed to providing a fair and equal environment for work and study. As a School we are working hard towards an Athena Swan Bronze Award, for submission in 2019. Athena Swan is a Charter to advance women’s careers in Higher Education in all subjects.  We have established an Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (SAT), which through consultations with staff and students is identifying aspects of our learning and working environment which can be further improved to enhance gender equality.  Our Athena Swan Team will also monitor staff and student data on an annual basis, review regularly many areas of working practice (e.g. recruitment, promotions), and continue to promote a supportive culture that values all students and staff members.

The Dean of Faculty is a proactive member of the University's Equality and Diversity Committee and feedback from students and staff is increasingly sought on a range of issues as the Faculty has highly diverse populations and works hard to ensure a supportive and inclusive environment in which all can flourish.


The University has a range of policies to facilitate a supportive working environment:


Student Support Service

The Student Support Service at UEA provides students and staff with support for a wide range of academic and health issues. Visit Student Support to find out more.


Parental, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave

The University has policies in place to support those with changing family circumstances. Visit the appropriate link for full information:

·         Parental Leave

·         Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave



The UEA has an on-site Nursery available to staff and students. See UEA Nursery website at for more information.

We have a family room in the basement of the Elizabeth Fry Building which is fitted out for nursing mothers. To access this room contact the Hub in the EFB on 01603 597578.


Flexible Working

Employees who have worked at the University for 26 weeks or more, have a statutory right to request flexibility in their working pattern.

Flexible Working Policy


Returning to work after illness

Following a period of ill health, we offer support for returning to work. This may include access to a phased return, short term amendments to duties or working hours, or adjustments to the physical environment.


Staff Members

There is tailored support for female research staff across the Norwich Research Park. For more information visit the ResNet website.

Mentorship is available through the University Centre for Staff and Educational Development – visit CSED RS Connect to find out more.


PhD Students and Research Associates

We provide support and mentoring for PhD students and Research Associates. This is delivered by research teams, The Personal and Professional Development Programme and the Staff Research Forum.

For more information visit the PGR Research PPD page or check out the Careers page for other available support.



We offer support for undergraduate career development. Contact Caitlin Scott – Director of Employability.

Also see Careers for more information on how the university can help you in your future career.

Bullying and Harassment 

The University of East Anglia is committed to maintaining a working, learning, living, and social environment that is free from any form of harassment in whatever form this may take, including cyber-bullying. Please find more information on our HR portal