Equality & Diversity

Our EDI Commitment 

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We support the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected and everyone is encouraged and supported to fulfil their potential.

We have established some critical initiatives including mentorship schemes, improved induction processes for new starters, flexible working patterns, widening access summer schools and school visits, graduate internship schemes, career development for students and staff at all stages, regular mental health and wellbeing training workshops and events.

We are coming together in more social ways as well with regular coffee mornings for staff and students across our buildings, summer and Christmas parties and public lectures and receptions. Our students and Early Career Researcher societies are crucial drivers of our Green Impact initiatives, support networks and social connectedness. 

We have achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and we are implementing a robust action plan to help us understand and address gender gaps in representation and achievement at all levels. This is driven forward by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee, made up of a broad range of staff and students, which coordinates with other committees across the School and University to ensure that we keep abreast of new opportunities to help us meet our goals, and advise on where we can improve further.

No-one should have to tolerate being harassed or observe others being harassed. To prevent this we all need to act. If you feel we are not meeting your expectations we encourage you to get in touch. You will find guidance below on how you can do this. 


Archaeology is for everyone, it is everywhere, and anyone can participate. ... It helps us to think about ourselves, our wider world, and the connections in between.

[Quote from the Council for British Archaeology: Our values and behaviours]