Our commitment to equality

We are a global community. We believe our diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of our academic mission.

The University was founded in 1900 on an anti-discrimination ethos accepting men and women on an equal basis. Today, as a community of over 145 nationalities in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, we remain committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Professor Sir David Eastwood

Professor Sir David Eastwood

Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

“Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment in which all members of our community can thrive and reach their full potential goes hand in hand with our ambition of being a leading global University.”

We celebrate our diversity and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the University community. We offer dedicated disability services, a wide range of support groups and a multi-faith chaplaincy. The University is a member of the Advance HE Race Equality and Athena SWAN charters. It holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter award and is actively seeking to improve the number of women in STEMM subjects.  The University is a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion and we ensure that all of our employment policies and benefits are, where relevant, inclusive of same sex couples and use gender neutral language.

The University publishes Information on Equality (PDF - 701kb) and has an Equality Scheme 2016-2020 (PDF - 2.42Mb) setting out its equality objectives.