Equality and Diversity

Steve Ashby Bill Ostia Antica

The Department of Archaeology strives to provide a professional and educational environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We also affirm the importance of the equal participation of women, LGBTQ, minority ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities in both academic and commercial archaeology, and throughout the heritage sector.

As a department we seek:

  • to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff and student groups
  • to tackle the challenges faced by women, minority groups, and people with disabilities in academic settings by changing cultures, attitudes, and practice
  • to promote good practice and a culture of equality in higher education and professional archaeology

Key departmental officers for Equality & Diversity:

The Department Equality & Diversity Champion (Dr Penny Spikins) works to make our practice of teaching and research as inclusive as possible. She chairs the E&D committee, and also runs a Dyslexia network, and the Archaeology LGBTQ network. She is a member of the University E&D committee.

The Athena SWAN Chair for Archaeology (Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones) oversees aspects of gender equality in our working practices. She chairs the Athena SWAN committee and sits on the Faculty Athena SWAN working group.

The Departmental Disability Officer (Dr Matthew Jenkins) works with students to help them access departmental teaching and resources and to assist them through the process of getting support from university services.

The Department of Archaeology was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in October 2018, in recognition of our work to promote gender equality at all levels.