Our cultural values, equality and diversity

Our culture

Our staff are fundamental to the British Antarctic Survey achieving its ambition to deliver world class, innovative science within the international Polar community and maintain our national and international reputation for scientific, operational and engineering excellence.

Our cultural values, built on respect, tolerance, inclusion, commitment and excellence, are referred to as our PRICE values:

  • POSITIVE – A positive attitude, energy and true passion for the work we do;
  • RESPONSIBLE – A safety conscious, environmentally friendly, open and fair attitude;
  • INNOVATIVE – A creative, flexible and outward looking approach to problem solving;
  • COOPERATIVE – Openness, inclusivity, care and loyalty to one another – working in the best interests of BAS and science;
  • EXCELLENCE – Professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness, success and recognition.

If you are considering applying to work for the British Antarctic Survey, it is important that you can commit to our cultural values.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is paramount to our organisation and our success.  Few organisations have such a rich concentration of people drawn from such varied backgrounds — we have leading scientists, experienced tradespeople, communication specialists, electricians, accountants, chefs, field assistants, web specialists, divers and administrators among our team in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic. The very nature of our organisation demands diversity — this is embraced by our staff.

One of our strategic people aims is to embrace diversity and foster an inclusive and integrated culture that gives staff the choice to be open about their disability, sexual orientation, racial and gender identity.

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all

Women in BAS play a leading role in the success of our science and operational activities.

Within the Leadership teams the Director and the Director of Innovation are women who have successfully forged academic careers in Earth Sciences and Plant Sciences respectively. Several senior management positions, including the Head of Human Resources, the Head of Communications and deputy science leaders, are held by women.  Female pilots, station leaders, and marine officers work for BAS in Antarctica.

British Antarctic Survey is proud to hold a Bronze Award from Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEM) employment in academia.

Athena SWAN bronze – British Antarctic Survey application 2018

2018 Athena SWAN action plan – British Antarctic Survey

Fostering a culture of respect and tolerance

BAS is also a member of the ENEI – The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion. The ENEI is the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.

Our vision is to make BAS a great place to work, where people feel accepted, valued, respected and supported in their personal and professional development. With the support and guidance of ENEI we have embarked on a diversity journey to ensure that

  • All our staff have equality of opportunity;
  • Difference is recognised and emphasised and where perspectives and differences are shared they lead to better decisions.

BAS does not tolerate discrimination against anyone on grounds of age, sex, race, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation; this applies in recruitment, training, promotion and to all aspects of employment within BAS.

BAS does take positive action where necessary to make sure opportunities are offered on a fair and equal basis and where necessary to redress any imbalances in the makeup of our workforce to ensure that we are representative of the community we operate in.

If you have any queries about our commitment to diversity, please do not hesitate to ask.

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion BAS operates a Disability Confident Scheme. The scheme informs our staff and prospective job applicants that we have a positive approach to employing people with a disability or health condition.

As members of the Disability Confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the requirements for the vacancy.