Accessibility statement

Equality and Diversity


The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to excel, flourish and contribute fully.

We recognise the importance of the participation from all parts of society, and wish to encourage greater involvement from the traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of Electronic Engineering, including women and members of the BAME and LGBTQ+ communities.

The department's Equality and Diversity Committee was established in October 2013 to monitor the department's policies and seek to improve the representation and experiences of all of its staff and students.  As a department, we strive for equality and diversity across all agreed protected characteristics to build a collegiate, supportive working environment so that everyone who works or studies here can thrive.

The department is proud of its Athena SWAN Bronze Award for our work in encouraging and supporting female participation in Electronic Engineering and is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter.

If you have any questions about our work in this area, I would be delighted to hear from you

Tony Ward, Chair Equality and Diversity Committee


Membership of the Equality and Diversity Committee:

  • Prof Tony Ward -  Equality and Diversity Officer - E&D Committee Chair
  • Prof Andy Tyrrell - Head of Department
  • Prof David Grace - Equality and Diversity Champion
  • Helen Ayre - Departmental Manager
  • Dr Jude Brereton - Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
  • Helen Sharples - Schools Outreach Coordinator
  • Dr Jane Proszek Gorninski - Lecturer
  • Charan Panesar - Technical Staff Representative
  • Camilla Danese - Graduate Administrator

Also in attendance:

  • Dr H Coombs (Chemistry Department)


The objectives of the Committee are to:

  1. Ensure that the Department of Electronic Engineering promotes equality and takes action to address inequalities across the Department in such a way as to benefit all staff and students.
  2. Monitor Departmental policies, practices and activities from an equality point of view and bring any concerns and make recommendations to the Head of Department and/or chairs of relevant committees on changes as appropriate.
  3. Monitor equality issues within the department, benchmarking our performance against externally established best practice.
  4. Analyse statistics to ensure we have a quantitative understanding of the issues and solid evidence base for actions.
  5. Provide a bi-annual assessment to the HoD, including any recommendations for action, and reports to regularly to the DMT.
  6. Maintain contact with the relevant groups within the University which have an interest in these issues.
  7. Prepare applications for external awards in this area, as a means of checking that our practice conforms to the highest standards.‌