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:

New 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.


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.

Gold - Biology

Bronze - Hull York Medical School and Mathematics

In addition the University's institutional Bronze 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


Advancing women's careers in STEMM: evaluating the effectivness and impact of Athena SWAN

An independent evaluation by Loughborough University (launched 1 May 2014) shows that membership of the Athena SWAN Charter helps to advance women's careers and has a positive impact on changing the culture and attitudes in member institutions.

Download a copy of the executive summary or full research report Advancing women's careers in STEMM: evaluating the effectivness and impact of Athena SWAN


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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

August 2014

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