Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to providing a fair and flexible working place where every member of staff can participate equally and contribute fully. We strive to ensure staff have equal opportunities in their career development and that our policies and practices reflect our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our Equality Challenge Working Group (ECWG) meets regularly to identify and implement good working practices, to create a supportive environment for our diverse members of staff, and ensure opportunities are open to all. The Group also oversees the preparation of our application for the Athena SWAN award.

We seek to consult widely with our staff and students via meetings, newsletters, surveys and a suggestion box.


We welcome your suggestions for improving our support for equality and diversity. If you would like a response then do leave your email address, or make an anonymous submission if you prefer.

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Women in Economics

Find out more about some of the amazing women who make our work possible.

Meet our inspirational female staff

Athena SWAN

We are working towards an application to the Athena Swan Bronze award in 2019. As a department committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, we work continually to ensure equality is embedded in all aspects of our practice.

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Equality and diversity policies

The Department is committed to the University’s equality and diversity policies. We seek to treat others with dignity and respect and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Career development and support

Support for childcare

The University runs salary exchange schemes which offer employees a more flexible way to meet costs of childcare:


Equality Challenge Working Group

Our Equality Challenge Working Group (ECWG) membership is chosen to include representation from both women and men, research students, early career, mid-career and senior members of staff, and the Head of Department. It includes administrative and research staff, full and part-time staff on fixed-term and open contracts, and individuals with an interest in ethnic diversity, transgender and disability issues.



Festival of Ideas: What works for women at work

Posted on Thursday 31 May 2018

Join us for a dynamic talk by author Joan C. Williams, on 'What Works for Women at Work: Four patterns working women need to know'.

Equality and Diversity Office roadshow

Posted on Monday 16 April 2018

Colleagues from the Equality and Diversity Office will be in Economics Reception from 12 to 2pm on Wednesday 9 May.

York Pride 2018

Posted on Monday 16 April 2018

North Yorkshire's biggest LGBT+ celebration takes place on Saturday 9 June, 2018.

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