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Advancing equality of opportunity

We will tackle inequality through identifying opportunities and addressing barriers faced by a diverse body of staff and students.

Athena SWAN Charter

The University holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze award which demonstrates our commitment to progressing gender equality for all staff and students. Eight departmental awards are held at School-level including two Silver (Health and Social Work; Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics – PAM also holds a Juno Champion Award) and six Bronze (Life and Medical Sciences; Creative Arts; Business; Humanities; Engineering and Technology and Computer Science).

Find out more about Athena SWAN

Race Equality Charter Mark

We are one of only 12 universities in the UK to hold a Race Equality Charter Mark (RECM) Bronze award. By engaging with this process, we are showing our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students here and within higher education in general. The action plan and renewal submission are currently being progressed.

Find out more and view our submission

Disability Confident

As Level 1: Disability Confident Committed, we are working to make a difference for disabled people at the University. We are also working to progress to Level 2: Disability Confident Employer to ensure that we are going the extra mile to attract, retain and support disabled people.

Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme


The Diversity Champions programme ensures that all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace. The University was formerly a Stonewall Diversity Champion and in 2020 one of our priorities is to re-commit to the programme and further embed LGBT+ inclusion for our staff and students.

Find out more about the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme

HR Excellence in Research

We have held the HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) award since 2010, recognising our efforts to enhance working conditions for our researchers. The principles of HREiR includes promoting diversity and equality in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers, among other aims.

Find out more about the HREiR award

2018/19 Staff and Student Statistics

The University publishes an overview of key equality and diversity statistics on an annual basis (as of 31 July) relating to the protected characteristics of its staff and student body. The latest details have been published separately, with the statistics used within the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) report providing a snapshot from this. The EDI report has been approved by the Chief Executive Group and the Board of Governors.