Students at Lancaster University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to tackling all barriers and challenges to equal and fair participation in higher education and research.

In line with Lancaster University’s ethos of supporting and advancing equality of opportunity and equality of treatment, the Lancaster Environment Centre strives to be a diverse and inclusive department. We actively engage with contemporary challenges to participation in higher education and research, to drive the institutional and cultural change necessary to bring about social justice and equality in Academia. Our research, teaching, and students span the globe and we strive to do justice to the places, people, and communities we engage with locally and globally. We are promoting gender equality in the department through our Athena Swan work and promoting diversity and inclusion in our research, teaching, and practice through initiatives such as the EDI forum and our series of Decolonising LEC activities and our Disability and Equal Opportunities support.

LEC has established a departmental EDI Forum that helps to coordinate, communicate and promote the department’s efforts towards equality and inclusivity. The LEC EDI Forum meets once a term and in it are represented all key dimensions of LEC’s activities.

Undergraduate Students

Students are at the centre of what we do. We aim to provide the best quality education irrespective of background, learning approaches or support needs.  

Inclusive Teaching Culture and Practices 

As we strive to recruit and retain the most qualified and talented students, we aim to overcome barriers in our admission system and go the extra mile providing academic and pastoral support to students.  

We utilise a combination of teaching and assessment approaches so that we can provide the very best education for all of our students. Students with learning difficulties and disabilities are supported by our departmental Disability Officer and the University's Disability Service.  

Academic tutor system 

We offer an academic tutor system and an Individual Development Plan.

Postgraduate Research Students

Our goal is to recruit and nurture talented research students from a broad range of backgrounds and create an inclusive and stimulating research environment.

As a successful research-intensive department, we strive to recruit the best possible postgraduate students in a professional, transparent and unbiased process. In our teaching methods, we focus on personal supervision and supporting postgraduate students' independent research skills. Our postgraduate students are part of our labs and work closely together.

We organise social events and training courses which are open to all students including a programme of events in the welcome week to help new students get to know each other, and an annual conference which is held in the department providing students to present their work to staff and other students. Students are represented by student reps who meet regularly with PGR staff and have the opportunity to raise any issues and concerns.

For more information see the Graduate School for the Environment webpage or email the postgraduate research office.

Researchers

The research staff form a strong and vibrant community in our Department and play an integral role in driving the research agenda. 

We support all our staff to fulfil their potential in a variety of ways including peer support, mentoring and workshops for staff (or research students) aspiring to become fellows, lecturers or senior lecturers.  

We provide bespoke, in-house mentoring schemes to support women to progress to the next stage of their academic careers and ultimately to senior roles, guided by our belief that what benefits women, benefits everyone.  We also support and encourage applications from transgender staff and students. 

Staff

We strive to recruit and retain the most qualified staff, foster inclusive and parent-friendly working practices, and enable individuals to reach their full potential by providing plentiful opportunities for personal and professional development. 

We support all our staff to fulfil their potential in a variety of ways including peer support, mentoring and workshops for staff (or research students) aspiring to become fellows, lecturers or senior lecturers.  

We provide bespoke, in-house mentoring schemes to support women to progress to the next stage of their academic careers and ultimately to senior roles, guided by our belief that what benefits women, benefits everyone.  We also support and encourage applications from transgender staff and students. 

  • Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate Students

    Students are at the centre of what we do. We aim to provide the best quality education irrespective of background, learning approaches or support needs.  

    Inclusive Teaching Culture and Practices 

    As we strive to recruit and retain the most qualified and talented students, we aim to overcome barriers in our admission system and go the extra mile providing academic and pastoral support to students.  

    We utilise a combination of teaching and assessment approaches so that we can provide the very best education for all of our students. Students with learning difficulties and disabilities are supported by our departmental Disability Officer and the University's Disability Service.  

    Academic tutor system 

    We offer an academic tutor system and an Individual Development Plan.

  • Postgraduate Research Students

    Postgraduate Research Students

    Our goal is to recruit and nurture talented research students from a broad range of backgrounds and create an inclusive and stimulating research environment.

    As a successful research-intensive department, we strive to recruit the best possible postgraduate students in a professional, transparent and unbiased process. In our teaching methods, we focus on personal supervision and supporting postgraduate students' independent research skills. Our postgraduate students are part of our labs and work closely together.

    We organise social events and training courses which are open to all students including a programme of events in the welcome week to help new students get to know each other, and an annual conference which is held in the department providing students to present their work to staff and other students. Students are represented by student reps who meet regularly with PGR staff and have the opportunity to raise any issues and concerns.

    For more information see the Graduate School for the Environment webpage or email the postgraduate research office.

  • Researchers

    Researchers

    The research staff form a strong and vibrant community in our Department and play an integral role in driving the research agenda. 

    We support all our staff to fulfil their potential in a variety of ways including peer support, mentoring and workshops for staff (or research students) aspiring to become fellows, lecturers or senior lecturers.  

    We provide bespoke, in-house mentoring schemes to support women to progress to the next stage of their academic careers and ultimately to senior roles, guided by our belief that what benefits women, benefits everyone.  We also support and encourage applications from transgender staff and students. 

  • Staff

    Staff

    We strive to recruit and retain the most qualified staff, foster inclusive and parent-friendly working practices, and enable individuals to reach their full potential by providing plentiful opportunities for personal and professional development. 

    We support all our staff to fulfil their potential in a variety of ways including peer support, mentoring and workshops for staff (or research students) aspiring to become fellows, lecturers or senior lecturers.  

    We provide bespoke, in-house mentoring schemes to support women to progress to the next stage of their academic careers and ultimately to senior roles, guided by our belief that what benefits women, benefits everyone.  We also support and encourage applications from transgender staff and students.