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Our Equality and Diversity (E&D) strategy is informed by active engagement and communication with key stakeholders within the department. We are currently holding focus groups with each community to identify key challenges and develop clear and ambitious targets to help us meet our commitment of a fully inclusive work environment.

Focus Group 1: Current Part II and Part III undergraduate students

Representatives of this group were invited to attend the Michaelmas term (2017) E&D meeting to discuss the challenges facing their community.

Following the meeting, the students were invited to conduct a peer-survey to gain more insight into the perceived issues. The summary of their findings were reported back to the Lent term meeting and can be found here.

The following actions were identified:

  • Develop strategies to improve awareness of Materials Science as a discipline in schools;
  • Improve visibility of the department’s Wellbeing Ambassadors (e.g. through dedicated webpage, posters on undergraduate notice boards, introduction during induction sessions);
  • Perform in-depth analysis of gender and racial diversity statistics at department and school levels.