The School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine aims to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone is treated equally, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, disability, age or sexual orientation. This will enable all staff to be valued and encourage them to achieve their full potential. The School fully supports the Athena SWAN charter to promote the careers of women in science. We have a flexible working ethos and involve women in all levels of School management, enabling them to progress from being students along their chosen careers.

Professor Anne Ridley, Head of the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Equality, diversity and inclusion


Acceptable Workplace Behaviours
At CMM we are passionate about making our workplace a safe and inclusive one. We take our commitment to the Acceptable Workplace Behaviours policy seriously.
The University has a network of Advisors who are volunteers trained to provide an informal advisory service to staff experiencing unacceptable behaviour, bullying or harassment at work. If you feel you are experiencing inappropriate behaviour, you are encouraged to contact an Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Advisor. Alternatively, Report and Support is an online tool which offers you a quick and easy way to tell us about specific incidents. Staff and students can use the tool to report something anonymously or to be linked to someone you can talk to about what you’ve experienced.
Unconscious bias
Understanding unconscious bias is built into the University's Recruitment and selection training for line managers. All recruiting staff at CMM are encouraged to attend this training, to consider how they may be affected by implicit bias, and to recognise and prohibit such attitudes and behaviours when making decisions and judgements. 
Work and family
The University website has more information on eligibility, entitlements and the University paternity policy, maternity policy, adoption policy and shared parental leave policy.
The School of CMM recognises the importance of mentoring. If you would like a mentor, and/or if you have a certain individual in mind, please contact Anne Ridley for this to be arranged. There is also mentoring and other support available specifically for postdoctoral staff, called Bristol Clear, and at School level we have a peer-mentoring scheme for our research postgraduate students.
Flexible working
A number of our staff currently take advantage of flexible working arrangements. Requests for flexible working are always considered (and usually approved) and could include job shares, part time working, term time or seasonal working, career breaks, training breaks. The School recognises flexible working can provide benefits to both the employer and the employee.
Health and wellbeing
The School and the University are committed to promoting a culture of health and wellbeing amongst staff and students. The School promotes a sense of community by arranging a number of social and wellbeing events for staff and students.
Disability and employment
The University offers a lot of support for staff with a disability, and students with a disability.
Outreach activities
The School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is committed to sharing our world class research with the public. Staff and students from our three research themes - cancer biology, stem cell biology, and infection and immunology - take part in a wide range of outreach activities each year. We aim to engage with people of all ages, from all backgrounds, sharing our passion for science.
Contact CMM Outreach Officer, Dr Bronwen Burton.
Staff Networks
Our Staff Networks provide a safe space for colleagues sharing particular circumstances or characteristics to connect with others, share experiences and challenge organisational practices to create a more inclusive working environment.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network
Childless (not by choice) Staff Network
Disabled Staff Forum
LGBT+ Staff Network
Parents and Carers' Network
Staff Who Stammer
CMM was awarded a Bronze award in 2019

Useful contacts

For advice on HR policies please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences HR Team:

Head of School
Professor Anne Ridley, FRS
+44(0)117 33 12072 / 12083
co-Chair of School EDI committee
Dr Bronwen Burton
+44(0)117 33 12064
co-Chair of School EDI committee
Ms Kathy Purdy
+44(0)117 33 12050
School Manager
Dr Roseanna Cross
+44(0)117 33 12017
School Outreach Officer
Dr Bronwen Burton
+44(0)117 331 2064 

Les Finnemore: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Human Resources

Gail Bourn: Faculty Outreach Officer


Useful links

The University's Equality and Diversity policies 

Read and subscribe to the Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, for the latest news, events and initiatives from across the University and beyond.


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