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Department of Genetics


"The Department prides itself on being an inclusive and welcoming family, where staff and students at all levels, from our excellent technical and professional support staff, through our community of researchers and students, to the research fellows and academic staff, contribute to and enrich the life of the Department. As a community we endeavour to work together to provide a supportive environment that recognises core values of mutual respect, kindness and integrity."

Professor Steve Russell, Head of Department

Equality means that all people should have equal rights and equal opportunities. Related to equality is equity, which is about providing the means - often varied - for people to move towards equal and just outcomes.

Diversity means including and involving people from diverse backgrounds.​

Inclusivity means making everyone feel welcome and valued. 

The Equality Act 2010: the following are legally protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Discrimination on the grounds of any of these characteristics is illegal.


Protected characteristics are not mutually exclusive. Many people have more than one protected characteristic.

ED&I in Genetics

What ED&I means to the Department of Genetics, our EDI&W Committee and useful resources






Introducing our Wellbeing Advocates and initiatives in the Department of Genetics





Supporting Parents and Carers

Useful resources to assist parents and carers at the University