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Equality and diversity

The School of Life Health and Chemical Sciences seeks to maintain the highest standards in teaching, research and enterprise in accordance with the Open University’s mission of being:

‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’

In keeping with the Open University’s values of inclusivity, innovation and responsiveness, the School is committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive work environment for all our staff and students, where everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect, where inequalities are challenged and where all can progress and develop to reach their full potential.


Athena Swan

We adhere to the Athena SWAN Charter and are proud to hold an Athena Swan School award to demonstrate our commitment to addressing the under-representation of women in STEM.

LHCS Athena Swan Submission April 2016

Upcoming events

Workshop to be led by Lesley MacNiven from Edinburgh Napier University on 4th June 2019.

This workshop is open to all STEM and will focus on 3 questions:

  1. Confidence in assuming leadership – how to put ourselves forward and take on leadership roles; learning to say ‘no’.
  2. Managing our time – why does it take many of us longer to carry out tasks than many men - are we more diligent?. Are we given different kinds of tasks? How do we manage our time bearing these factors in mind?
  3. How can we set the agenda proactively? Can we design our ideal working day/month/year?

Venue: Gass Seminar Room; Time: 13.30 -16.30 (to be confirmed), with plenty of time for discussion and questions. 

Useful Resources

Sharing what works for women in academia: Career Coaching - a video protocol

Menopause and the workplace: Inaugural lecture delivered by Jo Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Faculty of Business and Law, on the effects of menopause in the workplace.

Women@OU: An all-inclusive group that works to promote gender equality and raise the profile of women at The Open University, championed by Professor Josie Fraser – Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the OU.