Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

At the John Innes Centre we value the diversity of our staff, and are committed to the creation of a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We believe that equality of opportunity is key in achieving our mission and are committed to the positive promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion amongst all members of the Institute and to the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

The John Innes Centre aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, members of staff and visitors and welcome staff and students from diverse backgrounds from the UK and across the world. This welcoming and inclusive environment provides an opportunity for all to contribute and reach their full potential.

We expect all members of the John Innes Centre to show tolerance and respect for others and encourage individuals to speak out and challenge unacceptable behaviour and raise any issues of concern as and when they arise.

Our commitment to Equality and Diversity in the workplace is demonstrated across a range of activities and initiatives, including regular training for all staff.

An Equality and Diversity group meets quarterly to ensure that we maintain the inclusive nature of the institute and that best practise is shared across partner institutes on the Norwich Research Park and beyond.

Women In Science

Athena SWAN Silver Award

The John Innes Centre is proud to be the first Research Institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver award.

This award is evidence of our commitment to the career development of researchers, and in particular to an equal opportunities agenda that encourages flexible working to support career development and work-life balance.

We strongly believe a fair and equitable working environment is key to a productive workforce and to delivering the John Innes Centre strategy.

The ability to attract, recruit and retain the best regardless of role or of gender is critical to the John Innes Centre’s mission. This vision of excellence underpins our Athena SWAN award.

The Athena SWAN charter recognizes the commitment of institutions to advancing women’s careers in the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). A successful pilot to assess the eligibility of research institutes outside the university sector to join the charter launched in 2005 has recently been completed.

For more information about the Athena SWAN charter, and the award criteria, visit the Athena SWAN website.

Parents and Carers

We offer generous maternity pay, paternity pay in addition to adoption pay, parental leave and dependency leave.

We offer a flexible package of support which includes flexible working hours, access to a family support fund, salary sacrifice child care vouchers, dedicated breastfeeding rooms and optional keep in touch days for staff members who are on maternity or adoption leave.

We understand that each case is unique, and our flexible support considers what is best for individuals on a case by case basis.

Multi-faith room

Staff and students from all over the world contribute to the unique vibrant multicultural community at the John Innes Centre.

Understanding the needs of a wide range of religions and beliefs is crucial to maintaining a positive environment, and our multi-faith room, which is available to those of any or no faith, offers flexibility and freedom to everyone at the Institute.

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