Welcome to Equality & Diversity

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.

The commitment applies to all protected groups and is underpinned by the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and Combined Equality Scheme (CES).

In recognition of the University's commitment to progressing equality and diversity, it has received the following awards:

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2013 ENEI Employee Engagement Award Athena SWAN Bronze

Equality Duty Requirements

In line with requirements under the Equality Act 2010, the University has published the Equality & Diversity Information Report 2012/13. This incorporates data on staff and student matters at the University of Cambridge.

The University has also approved Equality Objectives (revised February 2013) in response to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

To consolidate its gender related initiatives, the University adopted a Gender Action Plan.

E&D: An overview

This academic year has seen significant developments with regard to progressing equality and diversity within the University.

The provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including the extended Public Equality Duties, have come into effect. This fundamental change will impact on the University with regard to our consulting, engaging, assessing, monitoring, identifying, reporting and reviewing equality-related objectives and activities.

The University has adopted its Equality Assurance Assessment process, which is the in-house mechanism for undertaking ‘equality analysis’ of policies or functions relevant to the Public Equality Duties. Additionally, the past year has seen the development of the work of the Equality Champions, the E&D Consultative Forum and the updating of the Equal Opportunities Policy.

These developments shape the future direction of the University's equality and diversity work. Our priority continues to be legal compliance in these areas, maintaining best practice in line with our reputation for excellence.

E&D in Practice

The University has developed initiatives to progress the strategic themes identified in the Combined Equality Scheme. These include the University Diversity Networks, Equality Assurance Assessments, Consultative Forum, WiSETI (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative), Training, Progress Reports, the Gender Equality Group (GEG) and Events.

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network Disabled Staff Network (DSN) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGB&T) Staff Network Women's Staff Network (WSN)

Easter Term 2014 Event Flyer    

Easter Term 2014 Event Poster 

Meaning of Success Information

E&D News

28 February 2014

Launch of 'The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women at Cambridge'

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14 October 2013

New Equality and Diversity Essentials module launched

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26 September 2013

Athena SWAN success

The University's commitment to gender equality received a further boost today with the announcement that three key institutions have been recognised by the Athena SWAN charter.

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17 June 2013

Progressing gender equality

Transparency with data and statistics is key to progressing gender equality at the University, the Vice-Chancellor says.

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17 January 2013

University repeats success in equality survey

The University of Cambridge has for the second year running been ranked among the very best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

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13 July 2012

Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Employee Engagement Award

The University of Cambridge has won the first Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion Employee Engagement Award.

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10 July 2012

Women, research and universities: Pursuing excellence in research without loss of talent

Not enough women opt for a career in research and too many drop out as they advance in an academic career. LERU universities view this as a loss of talent in the workplace, a loss of diversity in society and a loss for universities' pursuit of excellent research and new knowledge creation. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is releasing a paper today with a commitment and with recommendations on what universities and others can do to make research careers attractive—for women and for men.

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