Equality and Diversity

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 150 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.

Being a truly global university means embracing our diversity as a source of strength.

We value our diversity and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the University community, from developing support for students who are carers to our inter-faith events, we also offer dedicated disability services, a wide range of support groups and a multi-faith chaplaincy. We are working to promote race equality in our Schools through a student-led project and to support a more inclusive curricula. The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter award and is actively seeking to improve the number of women in STEMM subjects and at senior levels throughout our institution. We are proud to be members of Stonewall and are currently ranked 75th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index 2017.

Our Equality Scheme ‘Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity’ (PDF - 2.42MB) sets out the University’s equality objectives and actions for 2016-2020.