A student and academic at Lancaster University

Case Studies

See how colleagues from the Department of Psychology have benefited from our equality, diversity, and inclusion practices.

Dr Nicola Currie

“I returned to work part-time after having my daughter and found that this helped me to strike a balance between my career and my new role as a parent. My line manager has been very supportive throughout and as my daughter has got older and more childcare options have become available to me I have been offered the opportunity to increase my working hours.”

Dr Nicola Currie

Dr Adina Lew

“For most of my career at Lancaster Psychology Department, beginning in 2001, I have been a carer of a son with special needs, and latterly, of my mother with Parkinson’s and dementia. This situation has occasioned 2 periods of 50% flexible working, both of which received support from different Heads of Department. I was fortunate to be promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015, following a departmental and University process with clear guidelines on how to treat cases of flexible working fairly. Looking back on my work trajectory, I feel very fortunate to have had the level of consistent support from colleagues at all career stages that I have experienced at Lancaster. I have tried to “give back” by developing collaborations with 3 different staff members on epilepsy-related funded projects, as well as senior clinicians in the North West; a research interest that developed due to my experiences with my son. I hope my “researcher/service user” perspective is a valuable one, consistent with Athena SWAN goals of enriching the research base, by supporting researchers with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.”

Dr Adina Lew

Dr Dermot Lynott

"The department has gotten behind family-friendly initiatives and Athena Swan more generally.  I really appreciate having all our meetings scheduled in family-friendly hours (10 am to 4 pm). The “no-sending emails” outside of the hours of 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays means you can actually switch off when the day ends. More broadly, the department has shown itself to being very supportive in terms of leave arrangements and facilitating flexible working, which really helps achieve some kind of work-life balance."

Dr Dermot Lynott