We strive to recruit and retain the most qualified staff, to foster inclusive and family-friendly working practices, and to provide plentiful opportunities for personal and professional development.
We are committed to improving the equality of opportunity, and removing barriers experienced by diverse groups the university is supporting, including gender, age, disability, race and religion and LGBT. We organise events, e.g. yearly lunches, for staff and PhD students to discuss Equality & Diversity and the department works with the faculty and university to promote Athena SWAN.
We are committed to ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment process for all our research, academic and professional support staff.
New staff joining the department receive a comprehensive induction on the workings of the department and the University in order to have the best start to their career at Lancaster. An online staff handbook helps new staff members to settle in and get used to their new role.
We strongly support the professional and career development of staff through teaching and learning training, leadership and management training, researcher development support, job skills development and courses on personal effectiveness in work roles.
Our department maintains a culture that is supportive of a positive work-life balance and an enabling approach to flexible working. We appreciate that staff are most productive when they have achieved a work-life balance that enables them to effectively meet their responsibilities outside of work, such as caring. It is therefore recognised that staff may want to occasionally work from home and the department is fully supportive in such circumstances. We also have working practices on out of hours email contact, when meetings should be held and weekend working. These practices combine to support staff in having the work-life balance that works for them.
We are committed to ensuring that all staff expecting a child (through pregnancy or adoption) or needing more time to care for their family are fully and practically supported before, during and after taking leave, enabling them to successfully manage and balance work and childcare commitments. University policy one leave is available here.
The research staff play an integral role in driving our research agenda.
We encourage our researchers to actively take part in their research groups and the department’s activities and events. We support them in their professional development to achieve their career goals, both by supporting them in attending external events and by organising internal events, such as information sessions, including seminars, workshops and social events, such as Early Career Staff lunches.