Diversity Strategy

SEPnet is committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We support SEPnet partners to adopt, and to share across the network, best practice in equality. Our commitments to diversity will enhance the research and teaching environment for all students and staff, build attainment, and ensure that physics can draw on the full range of talent including currently under-represented groups.


One aim of this work is to address the under-representation of women in physics, and to evidence this by assisting member universities to attain higher levels of recognition in the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno and the Athena SWAN award recognition scheme. SEPnet universities are pleased to encourage their students to participate in the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK.


A second aim is to increase the ethnic diversity of physics departments. We do this by providing professional networking opportunities for students and staff from under-represented ethnic groups in order that they may build a critical mass of like-minded physicists, relying on both internal SEPnet networks and external networks such as The Blackett Lab Family (Instagram), Minorities in STEM (www), and Black British Professionals in STEM (BBSTEM – www).


Resources that SEPnet has contributed to or made extensive use of are:

Local equality, diversity and inclusion links at the SEPnet member universities can be found below:
Open U.
Queen Mary (QMUL)
Royal Holloway (RHUL)