Equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, gender identity, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender 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: 17% of our staff are from a black and minority ethnic background, women make up 51% of our workforce, and international staff members make up 21%. We also have more than 40,000 students, including 14,800 international students from more than 170 countries. 

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

Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in our culture

One of the values at the heart of our vision and strategic plan is a commitment to equality and diversity, and to equal opportunities for all.

Championing equality and diversity in all our activities, including staff employment and advancement, also forms part of our commitment to one of our core goals: 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.

Gender Pay Gap report

The University's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is a priority in our strategic plan. Our aim to achieve gender balance at senior levels is embedded in our published equality and diversity objectives with a pledge to improve the representation of women in senior leadership, academic and professional support positions.

The University seeks to meet this pledge through a range of progressive and innovative employment policies and practices, and its membership of, and commitment to, the Athena SWAN Charter.