Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all staff and students regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identification. Our School strongly supports UNSW’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy and initiatives.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion working group of UNSW Science is committed to reducing barriers which impede EDI via initiatives that benefit both staff and students. This group provides strategic direction and leadership in line with UNSW’s 2025 Strategy. The overall goal of the strategy is to support an equitable workplace for all staff and students of UNSW.

Associate Professor Adriana Verges is the UNSW Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences representative member of the UNSW Science EDI Working Group. At the School level, we sit on an EDI committee with the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. Adriana co-chairs the committee with Dr Brendan Burns.

UNSW Science also offers Support EDI Funds for staff and students to assist applicants in removing barriers to further their studies and/ or career. These funds help to stimulate innovation, productivity and progress regardless of a person’s background.

Support EDI Funds include:

  • Enable Fund: assists with career enhancement for staff with primary carer responsibilities
  • Science PhD Maternity Scholarship: supports women PhD research students who suspend their enrolment to have a child
  • Science Student EDI Awards: recognises outstanding contributions to EDI initiatives

Science & Engineering Indigenous Pre-Program

UNSW runs the Science and Engineering Indigenous Pre-Program in collaboration with Nura Gili. This pre-program offers an opportunity for Indigenous students looking to explore and apply for entry into an undergraduate degree.

LGBTQI+ Inclusion Program

In addition to our School and Faculty EDI initiatives, the LGBTIQ+ Inclusion program aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff, students and visitors. Part of this program is the Ally Network, which helps train staff on how to reduce barriers of fear and ignorance that lead to prejudice and discrimination. For confidential referral advice, contact an Ally Network representative.