We're committed to providing a fair, flexible and inclusive environment so that every student and member of staff can reach their full potential.

Our Athena Swan Bronze Award demonstrates our commitment to equality and diversity.

Equality Challenge Working Group

We identify and implement effective working practices to build a supportive environment for our diverse members of staff.

We tackle a range of issues such as ethnic diversity, transgender rights and disability issues. 

Current staff members are welcome to make suggestions for improving support for equality and diversity.

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  • Asif Ahmad - Equality and Diversity Champion
  • Emma Cooke - Student Services Coordinator
  • Jorgen Kratz - Lecturer (Undergraduate Admissions)
  • Katie Walton - Student Services Manager
  • Michael Thornton (Chair) - Professor and Head of Department
  • Michelle Hickman - Editorial Administrator
  • Sarah Maynard - Deputy Head of Faculty Operations and Equal Opportunities Officer (Sarah is the first point of contact in the Department for issues regarding equality, diversity and inclusion)
  • Simon Weber - Athena Swan Department Coordinator and Strategic Lead

Meet our staff

We aim to provide a working environment for equal participation at all levels. Meet some of our inspirational staff.

Women in economics

Professor Laura Coroneo

Professor and Coordinator of Centre for Applied Macro-Finance

Professor Laura Coroneo's expertise is in applied macro-finance, with a particular focus on econometrics and empirical finance. Her research concentrates on government bonds and understanding their relation to macroeconomic fundamentals.

On this topic, she has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant. Laura is the Academic Coordinator for learning technology and the Deputy Chair of the Board of Studies.

Professor Weining Wang

Professor Weining Wang's expertise is in financial econometrics, time series. Her research focuses on dynamics network analysis, causal effect analysis and building statistics foundations for machine learning methods. Her work has been published in leading statistics and econometrics journals.

Inclusive employment

When my dad passed away, I quickly took on the role of carer for my mum as she had mid-stage dementia. The Department were exceptionally helpful and allowed me to adjust my working hours to fit my commitments.

Alex-Jane Hardstaff, Student Services Assistant

When the time came to return to work, I discussed various part-time options with my line manager, and we agreed that I would reduce my hours to 90 per cent (33.3 hours) over four days. I have the flexibility to be able to work from home if I need, and occasionally I work an extra day during peak times.

Katie Walton, Student Services Manager

Supporting staff and students

At York we have various sources of information about equality, diversity and inclusion, including policy, guidance and best practice and resources for further learning. Regular events are held to raise awareness of present day barriers and highlight ongoing work to remove such challenges across the institution.

University-wide initiatives

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Policies and training

Tweets from UoY Equality

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We're marking Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week with a number of events, including a Light up the Night Walk on Monday evening.
Join the discussion and learn more about the university's commitment to raising awareness at: bit.ly/40kjEKl
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@EqualityatYork, 1 February, 12.28pm

Today marks the start of LGBT+ History Month 2023 - an opportunity to celebrate the lives, achievements and identities of our LGBTQIA+ community.

For details of our @LGBTHM events and activities, see the @UniOfYork history month webpage:

@EqualityatYork, 1 February, 12.20pm

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Please join @NormanReaArt for the opening night of their new exhibition: queer!

This exhibition celebrates queer diversity, empowerment, and joy


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@EqualityatYork, 1 February, 9.48am

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Please join @UniOfYork for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

6th to 12th February 2023

Please do check out the programme of events: bit.ly/3CUWUqr

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@EqualityatYork, 1 February, 9.47am

Equality, diversity and inclusion at York

We're proud of our Athena Swan Bronze Award.