TSL Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

At The Sainsbury Laboratory, we encourage open mindedness and forward thinking. We therefore welcome the opportunity to challenge the status quo if, in doing so, we can foster a more compassionate and resilient research community.

The Sainsbury Laboratory is committed to providing a working environment that respects the dignity and rights of all staff and students, where individuals are provided with the opportunity to realise their full potential. We have crafted a research environment that is committed to open science, research integrity, and transparency. Our Laboratory is committed to equality and diversity in all its appointment, employment, and training activities.

Our Laboratory is a multi-cultural, international environment where discrimination is never tolerated in any form, including on the basis people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

We seek to ensure that our research environment is a supportive one in which individual respect is shown to all. We continue to work with colleagues across the science sector to build on our efforts in making The Sainsbury Laboratory a more inclusive and nurturing space.

Standing in solidarity – Black Lives Matter

The Sainsbury Laboratory stands alongside the University of East Anglia in recognising the need for all of us to do more to root out injustice and protect the rights of people to live with respect and dignity.

Commitment to an LBGTQ+ friendly work environment

The Sainsbury Laboratory is committed to providing a working environment that respects the dignity and rights of all staff and students regardless of their gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We aim to challenge heteronormative assumptions and be more visible in our support of LBGTQ+ people.

Gender equality in STEMM

The Sainsbury Laboratory is actively working towards Athena SWAN accreditation. The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within HE and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Technician Commitment

The Sainsbury Laboratory is a proud signatory of the Technician Commitment, having signed up in September 2017. We are excited to play our part in valuing, developing and rewarding our highly skilled technical employees, who play a vital role in our institute’s work. Read more…

Family Friendly and Equality policy

The Sainsbury Laboratory recognizes that working while parenting and primary care responsibilities can present particular challenges, and we have a number of benefits in place to help working parents and primary carers excel in their careers while supporting their family. In addition to maternity, paternity and shared parental leave we provide financial support for parents who may need to take children with them when attending scientific conferences and meetings. This financial support is also available for primary carers who need to attend scientific conferences and meetings (for example those who care for an elderly relative, disabled child or adult or partner with a long-term health condition).