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.
- More about Athena SWAN
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.
In 2019 we were named for the second consecutive year among the top 20 employers in their index and in 2018 we were named a top ten trans employer.
The Diversity Champion programme provides us with access to a wide range of support and resources to ensure that we are an inclusive and supportive place to work, study and visit.
- Visit the Stonewall website
The University has been named as one of this year’s Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, a definitive list of UK-based organisations that promote inclusion across all strands of diversity, including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion throughout each level of employment.
The list recognises organisations that are committed to attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce and achieving equality, diversity and inclusion throughout its staff.
- More about The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers
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.
- Find out more about our ECU Race Equality Charter award.
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.
- Learn more about our commitment to the recruitment, retention and career development of disabled people.
Business Disability Forum
We are a member of the Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that provides pragmatic support to help businesses become fully accessible to disabled customers and employees. We are committed to equal opportunities across the University and it's important to us that we create an inclusive working environment that welcomes disabled applicants.
- Visit the Business Disability Forum website.
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.
- Download the Time to Change action plan (PDF document, 155KB)
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.
- Find out more about our UHR award.