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Charter marks

Charter marks provide a framework for engagement, critical self-assessment and action planning on equalities work.

Through these frameworks, we can:

  • identify our own good practice and areas for further positive action;
  • benchmark ourselves against the Russell Group and the wider sector;
  • make our commitment to equality clear internally and externally.

At the University we are committed to progress EDI beyond our legal obligations set out in the Equality Act (2010) and the Public Sector Equality Duty to create an outstandingly inclusive place to work and study, characterised by equality, how we value diversity, and where all have a sense of belonging. This is reflected in Our future vision and strategic plan.

Our approach has received recognition from equality charter marks, including: 

  • Four institutional bronze Athena Swan awards; 
  • One silver and two institutional bronze awards for the Race Equality Charter;
  • Disability Confident Employer level accreditation; 
  • Stonewall Employer Index ranking within the top 100 for seven consecutive years; 
  • Four silver and five bronze school-level Athena Swan award.

In line with our EDI strategy, we aspire to be a centre of excellence for EDI. We aim to demonstrate this through external recognition via Silver awards for Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter, Leader status for the Disability Confident and a top 10 position for the Stonewall Employer Index by 2025. 

The Directorate of EDI coordinates and supports work on the charter marks across the University. If you have any queries, contact the EDI team.