School of Science

Equality and Diversity

Our commitment

The School of Science is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture in which students and staff are able to thrive.

The University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment, which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexuality), marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background.

Information for students:

At Loughborough, we are seek to champion diversity and support students from all backgrounds. We encourage applications from students with a wide range of learning backgrounds, including those returning to education or leaving care. Our aim is to raise aspirations and maximise opportunity for all.

Loughborough students have access to our peer mentoring scheme. There to provide encouragement, advice and signposting to relevant staff and services, the peer mentor helps students transition to university life. 

The School and the University are committed to improving representation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects.

Information for staff:

Staff Mentoring Scheme

For mentees this will be an opportunity for regular conversations with more experienced staff to receive independent and impartial personal careers and professional development advice. It is envisaged that the mentors will be staff who are in the same, or related, job family as the person they are mentoring, should be at least one career step ahead, and should not be the mentee's line manager.

Benefits for mentees include:

  • an open, frank and confidential conversation at least every two months about their career progression and work environment;
  • ideas to enable informed career decision making;
  • increased knowledge of employer requirements;
  • better understanding of University and business culture and career progression; and
  • advice on how to enhance communication and presentation skills so that mentees can present effectively their ideas and skills to employers.

Carer Grant Scheme

The School Senior Leadership Team have created a Carer Grant Scheme to enable staff who have carer responsibilities to attend conferences, research meetings, training and similar by contributing towards the cost of alternative carer provision. The scheme has been established in recognition that attendance at such events is important both for individuals and for the wider Loughborough community.