Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

The University of Manchester is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation where all members of its community are treated with respect and dignity.


The University has a zero tolerance approach to any forms of bullying, harassment and discrimination and our “We Get It” Campaign aims to end these in our community.


We are fully committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under current legislation. By doing more than what's required by law, we build on Manchester's existing reputation for diversity and ensure we equip all our staff and students with the knowledge to sustain and enjoy a fully inclusive working environment.


Specialist staff networks, forums and events are just some of the ways in which we keep our community connected and engaged with diversity issues. Our efforts in going above and beyond legislation have resulted in us receiving several awards by relevant notable external bodies.


We also ensure effective communication between staff and management through our Diversity Calendar, which promotes year-round events across all diversity themes.


We offer training courses for our staff surrounding Equality and Diversity Issues including Unconscious Bias and Supporting Staff with Mental Health Issues.


The School of Physics and Astronomy is a diverse department and we strive to be an open and inclusive environment for all our staff, students and visitors


We closely follow the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy. Please refer to the following pages for more information on

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Parenthood
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender

The University of Manchester also has a section of Equality Groups.


The School of Physics and Astronomy has an Equality and Diversity Committee that meets 3 times a year and includes representatives from all sections of our community; undergraduate, postgraduate and staff.

Members of the Committee

  • Jian Lu – Professor of Biological Physics and Chair of Committee
  • Prof Stephen Watts – Head of School
  • Sarah Mullholland – Head of School Administration
  • Shona Garner – Human Resources Partner
  • Malin Litwinski – Undergraduate Rep
  • Myfanwy Lloyd - Senior Lecturer
  • Mark Hughes – Senior Lecturer and Chair of Juno and Athena Swan Committee
  • Val Brennan – Recruitment and Admissions Manager
  • Sabah Salih – Computer System Manager
  • Dr Emma Nichols – Ogden Science Officer
  • Sally Cooper – Postgraduate Rep
  • Craig Testrow – Postgraduate Rep (2014 Alan Greenwood Prize Winner)
  • Paul Marks-Jones – Equality and Diversity Advisor
  • Rebecca Shaw – Education Officer
  • Karen Ross – Nuclear Programmes Administrator

Find out more...

Equality and Diversity Committee

Equality and diversity work within the School:

Case studies

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