An environment that is inclusive and attractive for all students and employees allows for a wider range of perspectives and talents within the University.
For the Faculty of Science and Technology the aim to promote and extend equal opportunities is a quality issue for the organisation. All employees and students should be treated with respect and given the opportunity to work and study on equal terms regardless of:
- transgender identity or expression
- religion or other belief
- sexual orientation
(The seven grounds of discrimination of the
Committee for Equal Opportunities
The Faculty is responsible, through its Equal Opportunities Committee, for the coordination, support and follow-up of the Faculty’s work with equal opportunity issues. However, the main work takes place at department level and every department has a Gender Equality Officer and working group. The Faculty´s targets and measures are described in the Equal Opportunities Plan.
The Faculty also has an Equal treatment officer who is responsible for coordinating support for students with special needs. The measures for 2015 are set out in the Faculty’s Action Plan for Equal Treatment of Students.
A total of 39 % of the students and 36 % of the PhD students at the Faculty are women. However, the proportion of women among senior lecturers is only 27 % and among professors 16 %. During the coming three year period the Faculty´s Equal Opportunities Committee will therefore try to increase the number of women that continue their career within the academy. By supporting the women that are already working at the university the Faculty hopes to achieve this and a programme with mentors for women at the start of their academic career is therefore one of the measures in the Equal Opportunities Plan.
More effective PhD programmes
To increase the diversity it is important to have a PhD programme that is equally inclusive and supportive for all students. A PhD supervision that creates an equal playing field for all the Faculty´s doctoral students is therefore one of the goals of the Faculty´s Equal Opportunities Plan.
One way to achieve this is through a collaboration with the international project FESTA - Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia. Two of their rapports in which the faculty has been involved are: