Skip to main content

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Classics and Ancient History is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment across the Department, embedding best practice to ensure fair and equal treatment and opportunities for all staff and students. We are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and believe this is central to the successful delivery of our programmes and research.

The Department is committed to creating an environment which provides equality of opportunity for all staff and students, and a diverse and inclusive community. The Department recognises that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is fundamental to a successful Department and we therefore strive to continuously improve the environment in which we work and study, and to challenge any biases, conscious or unconscious. 

For full details of the University's commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and for further information, please see the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Durham University pages. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Durham University Policies and Commitment

Our EDI Actions

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee: it is the role of the EDI Committee to ensure EDI issues are being raised and addressed, as well as coordinating and reviewing all areas of EDI work.

Athena Swan: the Department was awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2019 in recognition of our efforts to transform gender equality within education and research. This marks our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness and has informed and supported not only our gender equality agenda but also other EDI issues. For more information see the Advance HE Athena Swan Charter and Charter participants and award holders. 

Decolonising the Curriculum: the Department is committed to Decolonising the Curriculum, and this work is ongoing in many areas of our teaching. Our investment in a vision of Classics that is inclusive and diverse is also shown in research initiatives such as our annual LGBT+ History Month public lecture; in 2021, our speaker was Cheryl Morgan, who gave a talk on ‘The Transitioned Empire: Trans Lives in Ancient Rome'.

Access and Disability Support: the Department works with the Disability Support service to ensure full access for all our students.

Respect at Work policies: the Department adheres to the University Respect at Work policies.

Managing Equality and Diversity: the Department established an EDI committee in 2021 to manage and advise on EDI issues and requirements.

Training and Development: all staff undertake mandatory Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training. The Department has also arranged bespoke mental health awareness training for staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants to help us to support our students.

Race Equality Charter: the University is proud to be a member of the Race Equality Charter which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

EDI Committee Members (2021-2022)

Name

Departmental Role

Committee Role

Serafina Cuomo

EDI/Athena Swan/Decolonising Lead for the Department

Chair

Nathan Gilbert

Director of UG Studies (Welfare)

Member

Ted Kaizer

Director of Admissions

Member

Caroline Barron

Member of Early Career Staff

Member

Esther Meijer

Member of Postdoctoral Staff

Member

Abby Shovlin

Department Manager

Member

Alexandria Harrington

Faculty EDI Co-ordinator

Member

Rachel Archbold

University EDI Co-ordinator

Member

Claire Williams

Operations Administrator

EDI Secretary

Ben Kaufman

UG Student

UG Student Representative

Darcey Lomas

UG Student

UG Student Representative

Ariel Hollamby

UG Student

UG Student Representative

Elena Limongelli

PGT Student

PGT Student Representative

Laura Losito

PGR Student

PGR Student Representative