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Equality and diversity

The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or nationality.

We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and are proud to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

Our University is a very diverse community: 11% of our staff are from a black and minority ethnic background, women make up 49% of our workforce, and we have 1,600 international staff members. We also have 38,000 students, including 9,000 international students from more than 150 countries. 

We publish a report each year that details information on all staff and students at the University:

Embedding equality and diversity in our culture

One of our guiding principles and values, as set out in Manchester 2020: The Strategic Plan for The University of Manchester, affirms our commitment to being: "an accessible organisation, committed to advancing equality and diversity". Championing equality and diversity in all our activities, including staff employment and advancement, also forms part of our commitment to our strategic Goal Three: social responsibility.

We believe that everyone at Manchester has a duty to ensure equality and diversity legislation is followed and implemented. Recognising, embracing and valuing difference leads to improvements for all, including:

  • a more vibrant staff and student population;
  • a better working and studying environment; 
  • attracting and retaining the very best staff and students;
  • achieving the goals set out in our Strategic Vision 2020;
  • improving the status of our University.

Commitment beyond legislation

We are fully committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under current legislation. By doing more than what's required by law, we build on Manchester's existing reputation for diversity and ensure we equip all our staff and students with the knowledge to sustain and enjoy a fully inclusive working environment.

Specialist staff networks, forums and events are just some of the ways in which we keep our community connected and engaged with diversity issues. Our efforts in going above and beyond legislation have resulted in us receiving several awards by relevant external bodies.