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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) is at the centre of everything that we do in ECS. We are determined in our commitment to provide a supportive environment in which we value differences, respect diversity and treat each other with equality and respect.

ECS was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award in April 2020 and is currently implementing an Action Plan to further improve gender equality. Two examples of initiatives we are driving in our school are The Campbell Group and IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Learn more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in ECS.

Our Mentoring

ECS has a thriving mentoring scheme that launched in 2017. The initiative is enriching our culture by providing a supportive environment for personal development. The mentoring process allows time and space for discussion and personal reflection. It is widely available and relevant to every individual in the School, irrespective of their level of seniority or job family.

Unlike other mentoring schemes used in companies and large institutions, individuals are not paired with a specific mentor. The ECS approach is open and welcoming, and the activities are separate from any line management structure.

ECS also runs an active Professional Training programme delivered by external and internal experts.

Our Stories - Mark Vousden, Research Fellow

Southampton is a great place to work. The opportunity to work here has transformed my ability to work on academic projects, and has helped shape my career as a researcher.

I have been provided with considerable career and wellbeing guidance – including grant-writing courses and bespoke advice – which has helped me grow as a well-rounded academic, with the freedom and flexibility to choose my own research direction.

Learn more about Mark and ECS Computer Engineering

Wellbeing Champions

Fostering a positive and productive working environment is a key priority in ECS, and the School has two proactive Wellbeing Champions supporting our academic community. Professor Michael Ng offers regular Tai Chi sessions to ECS colleagues and staff demonstrated their skills at a recent Chinese New Year celebration in the city centre. He has further hosted well-received Kung Fu and virtual Chinese Baduanjin Health Qigong activities.

As part of her human performance research, Professor m.c. schraefel has been exploring how to translate complex interactions into approachable health practices. She runs a variety of health and wellbeing explorations that take the shape of seminars on the phyisology and neurology of stress through to six-week explorations of daily push ups. In these, her goal is to help the ECS community and beyond build the knowledge skills and practice both to feel and so perform better, across contexts.

Our Stories – Amanda Goodacre

“If I had to sum up working in ECS with three words they would be: Community, Collegiality and Vibrancy. Each day brings a challenge to the table, there is never a dull moment! I work in a group of professional administrators that support our Heads of Groups, along with academic, research and postgraduate students. The vibrant community and forward-facing drive from our academic colleagues and leaders ensure that ECS is always at the forefront of the next endeavour be it teaching, research or enterprise.”

Read Amanda’s full story