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Gender equality

Essex Business School is committed to recognising multiplicity and to promoting equality in every aspect of our work. We promote an inclusive culture of dignity and respect, so that all staff and students are supported and can develop the confidence to reach their potential.

Athena SWAN

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) aims to transform gender and race equality in higher education. It operates the Athena SWAN Charter to enable universities and departments to apply for awards that recognise their work on championing equality.

Essex Business School is working towards the Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Award. The application will drive structural and cultural change to ensure we continue to attract outstanding staff and students who share our commitment to equality and nurture a supportive environment in which all staff and students can flourish.

The accreditation process

We are working with colleagues across the University, as well as part of a group of business schools committed to championing equality in research, education and professional practice. The accreditation process includes a combination of self-assessment, peer review and continuous progression. It will enable us to reflect on key areas of working practices, including:

  • gender representation
  • recruitment and selection
  • progression and development
  • our working environment

Our Athena SWAN panel

Our Athena SWAN panel is preparing our application. The panel includes staff and students from across the School, united by their expertise, interests and experience.

Read profiles from some of our panel:

  • Professor Claudia Girardone

    Professor Claudia Girardone

    As the School’s Director of Research, Professor Claudia Girardone promotes equality and diversity as fundamental principles for achieving research excellence. She embeds these principles in research policies, practices and culture.

    Professor Girardone has taken advantage of a number of career development opportunities provided by the University of Essex. Most recently, she has attended a course on measuring research quality and benchmarking performance against other universities.

  • Dr Svetlana Warhurst

    Dr Svetlana Warhurst

    Dr Svetlana Warhurst is the School’s Education Director and works to ensure that our students experience a transformative education in an inclusive and diverse community.

    She has undertaken numerous professional development courses within the University, including our Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Leaders programme. She has also undertaken leadership training with the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

  • Alex Nicholas

    Alex Nicholas

    Alex Nicholas is Academic Services Administrator at our Southend Campus and the Unison Branch Equality Officer for the University of Essex. He is particularly interested in LGBTQI equality.

    As a trade union representative, Alex promotes equality in the workplace and ensures that equality issues are considered in collective bargaining. He seeks to ensure that every worker receives fair treatment irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion, age or sexuality.

    He has previously been a member of the self- assessment team for the University’s Gender Equality Chartermark application. He has completed a TUC accredited Equality Representatives course and is currently studying his MBA with Essex Business School, alongside his employment with us.

  • Alison Clarke

    Alison Clarke

    Alison Clarke is undertaking her PhD at Essex Business School, exploring the under-representation of women on corporate boards. Her work seeks to advance equality and diversity debates beyond traditional, categorical thinking to recognise gender complexity and multiplicity.

    As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Alison also promotes gender equality through her research-led teaching within the School. She also contributes to seminars and events organised by our Centre for Work, Organisations and Society.

  • Darren Herbert

    Darren Herbert

    Darren Herbert is a Student Services Advisor at our Colchester Campus. As part of the School’s students services team, Darren and his colleagues are often the first port of call for students looking for advice. Darren works closely with the University’s Student Services Hub and signposts students to relevant support services.

    Darren has undertaken mental health first aid training, as well as professional development around managing difficult conversations.

Our work on equality

We publish journal articles and working papers on issues of equality and our Centre for Work, Organisation and Society organises regular seminars. Recent examples have included:

Equality and professional development resources

The University of Essex has a number of resources to support the promotion of equality and EBS supports staff to undertake career development training and advice.