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Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

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 this diversity and supporting equality throughout the school. This commitment positively reflects the values and culture of our school and underpins our determination to build a strong, resilient and supportive community that nurtures all of the incredible talents within our school.

Athena Swan Silver Award Stonewall

Prof Phil Dash, Head of Department

Phil Dash"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 well-being 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."

Meet the team

Dr Lizzy Lander

Lizzy LanderI am Teaching Fellow within the School of Biological Sciences and my main responsibility lies with teaching biochemical and biomedical sciences. Additionally, within my role as programme director and the admissions tutor of the Biochemistry degree I am particularly interested in growing and expanding this course. My research interests lie with cell biology and cell signalling, and I hope to grow these in the years to come. Outside of work, I enjoy running and having just brought my first house with my partner, we hope to expand from just the two of us to include a cat or dog for the first time.

Dr Christopher Jones

Chris JonesAt work I am a lecturer, platelet biochemist, and now Director of DIW. I have worked in Reading for 10 years initially as a post-doc, then as a senior research fellow establishing my own group and now as a lecturer. At home I'm a husband, father and dual-carer of two primary school age children. I spend my time trying to balance these two roles and feeling guilty that I can never quite get the balance right.

Professor Julie Hawkins

Julie HawkinsI'm a plant evolutionary biologist and I've worked in Reading for 20 years as a Lecturer, Reader, Associate Professor and now Professor. I'm a single parent of a child at primary school. I'm a past SBS Director of DIW, and I'm committed to seeing our vision for the School in this area realised.

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