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 BME and LGBT 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.  It considers all aspects of inclusivity including ethnic diversity, support for those with disabilities and building 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@york.ac.uk

Tony Ward, Chair Equality and Diversity Committee

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
  • Charan Panesar - Technical Staff Representative
  • Camilla Danese - E&D Committee Administrator
  • Student Representatives (UG, PGT and PGR)
  • Dr Simon Bale - Research Fellow

Also in attendance:

  • Dr H Coombs (Chemistry Department)

The  Equality and Diversity Committee:

  1. Monitors equality issues within the department, benchmarking our performance  against externally established best practice.
  2. Analyses statistics to ensure we have a quantitative understanding of the issues and solid evidence base for actions.
  3. Provides an annual assessment to the HoD, including any recommendations for action, and reports annually to the BoS.
  4. Maintains contact with the relevant groups within the University which have an interest in these issues.
  5. Prepares applications for external awards in this area, as a means of checking that our practice conforms to the highest standards.