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Diversity awards

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to gender equality in the advancement and promotion of staff and students in higher education and research.

We have held an Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2008, and all our science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine Schools hold individual Bronze or Silver Awards. In accordance with the expansion of the Athena SWAN Charter to include Schools in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, Schools in the Faculty of Humanities are also working towards Bronze Award status.

We’re fully committed to progressing a long-term cultural change to benefit all staff, and we are applying for a University Silver Award in 2017.

Stonewall

Stonewall

We participate in Britain’s good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation, run by Stonewall, the charity that works for equality for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

For three consecutive years we have been named among the top 100 employers in their Index, and our network group was highly commended in 2017.

The Diversity Champion programme provides us with access to a wide range of support and resources to ensure that we are an inclusive/supportive place to work, study and visit.

Race Equality Charter

Race Equality Charter

We’re one of the first universities in the UK to have received recognition from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) for excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.

We achieved a bronze award after successful participation in the initiative’s pilot year.

Disability Confident

Disability Confident

We have been awarded the Disability Confident Employer symbol by Jobcentre Plus. This status identifies those employers who have agreed to take a set of actions around the recruitment, retention and career development of disabled people and those with health conditions.

Time to Change

Time to Change

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. We signed the Time to Change pledge in June 2013, signalling our commitment to help raise awareness and to tackle the stigma around mental health for our staff and students.

As part of the pledge we have put together an action plan that includes a campaign to raise awareness for staff and students, and training for line managers and frontline staff.

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Universities Human Resources

The Universities Human Resources (UHR) awards recognise outstanding and innovative projects, teams and individuals that have led transformational change in their organisations. In 2017 we won the Equality and Diversity Category prize for our We Get It campaign, which promotes zero tolerance of bullying and harassment.