Equality and inclusion

Female students in a lab

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset.

As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities. Find out more on our HR website.

The University’s Equality and Inclusion Framework sets out our vision to be: A beacon of excellence in the sector, promoting a culture of inclusion, respect and equality for all.

Faculty Equality and Inclusion Committee

As a part of our commitment to fairness and respect, our Equality and Inclusion Committee meet every term to discuss progress, identify issues and shape new policies.

Athena SWAN Charter

We have received a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award for our engineering schools and a Bronze Award for Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics from Advance HE, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Find out more.

Institute of Physics Project Juno

The School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded 'Juno Practitioner' status. The aim of Project Juno is to recognise and reward physics departments, schools, institutes and organisations that can demonstrate they have taken action to address gender equality in physics and to encourage better practice for all staff. 

London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme

The School of Mathematics is a London Mathematical Society Good Practice supporter. 

Working lives policies

We aim to allow all staff to manage a good work-life balance and we are flexible and responsive to support personal circumstances. In many roles we offer flexible working and part-time working, and we have a range of services to help support staff through work and personal challenges.

The University has a range of policies to support colleagues at key stages in their lives.

We have a wellbeing room to support nursing mothers and staff with health conditions, and we have an onsite nursery, Bright Beginnings and holiday playschemes.

Staff networks

The University has a number of networks that staff can join. They bring together employees from across the University, providing peer support, networking opportunities and social activities.

Our networks include: