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Culture and values

The School of Biological Sciences is a demographically and culturally diverse place to work and study.

Coupled to our dedication to research and teaching excellence, we are committed to celebrating diversity and supporting equality throughout the School.

This commitment positively reflects our values and culture and underpins our determination to build a strong, resilient and supportive community that nurtures all of the incredible talents within our School.

The School of Biological Sciences is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment in which to work and learn. We are proud of our diversity because it strengthens our community and enhances both our research and learning environments. The wellbeing of all our staff and students is central to our commitment to providing a happy and enjoyable work environment. It is our commitment that the School should always be a supportive, equitable and inclusive place that encourages all of its members to reach their potential and achieve research and teaching excellence.

Professor Phil Dash

Head of School

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Athena SWAN

In 2020, we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. This award recognised the steps taken to advance gender equality at all levels of our School, and the detailed action plan that we have put in place to help us tackle gender-based discrimination, improve representation and, where appropriate, celebrate our successes in advancing gender equality.

Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The School of Biological Sciences is fully committed to the aims of this Charter.

Learn more about Athena SWAN


Support for students

Find out how the Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing (DIW) Team support students in the School of Biological Sciences and learn about student development opportunities.  

Support for staff

Learn about support networks and development opportunities for staff at the University of Reading.

Support for parents and carers

Find information about maternity, parental, shared parental, childbirth or adoption leave, and discover how we support students and staff with other caring responsibilities.
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