Equality and Diversity Office

The University of York values the diversity of its members and is committed to the creation of a positive environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

The role of the Equality and Diversity Office is:

Launch of the Disabled Staff Network

The new Disabled Staff Network was launched by the Vice-Chancellor on 2 February 2015 as part of the University's continued commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all.

The launch event involved a talk from Dr Alice Maynard, founder of Future Inclusion, an organisation which encourages ethical and inclusive practices. Dr Maynard is also a York alumnus.

The group aims to promote the value of disabled staff and improve their working environment by raising awareness, sharing good practice and providing a forum for ideas and issues.


Athena SWAN Update

We are pleased to announce that the University of York has recently received the following Athena Swan Awards which recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, maths and medicine (STEMM) departments in academia.

Bronze - Centre for Health Economics (CHE) and Environment

In addition the Department of Physics Silver award has been renewed. A full list of the University's new and existing awards is available on our Athena SWAN web page.

For further information please see Press Release and Athena Swan webpages


Gender Equality Charter Mark

The University of York’s Department of Education has received national recognition under a new award scheme designed to address gender imbalance and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences in higher education.


Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy

A new policy and guidance has been developed to support students who become pregnant, have a partner who is pregnant, or are going through the adoption process.

The policy will also help members of staff who support students, by providing clear information and a support plan to guide them through their discussions with students during pregnancy and maternity.

For further information, please see our webpages about the Policy.

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Staff Equality Networks:

The Staff Race Equality Forum and LGBTI Matters meet regularly - new members welcome. Publicise the Networks by downloading our posters for display in your area.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report:

Read the University of York Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2013-14 and find out about progress on equality work across the University.

Equality and Diversity Training:

Find out about the range of training and development opportunities for staff run by the University's Learning and Development team including the online learning resource Diversity in the Workplace

Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office

March 2015

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