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Sex (Gender) Equality


Cardiff University is committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities.  The University aims to establish an inclusive culture free from discrimination and based upon the values of dignity, courtesy and respect.  The University recognises the right of every person to be treated in accordance with these values.

The Equality Act 2010 provides rights for men and women not to be discriminated against (treated less favourably) on the grounds of sex (gender).  It is against the law to discriminate, harass or victimise a student (current, prospective or past), a member of staff (potential, current or past)  or visitor to the University because of their sex.

As part of its equality agenda Cardiff University aims to:

  • provide a University environment that is inclusive and promotes dignity and respect;
  • eliminate sexist bullying and harassment against staff and students by ensuring that all members of the University community have the skills to recognise and challenge such behaviour and that effective procedures are used to deal fairly with cases if they occur
  • aim for a workforce where women and men are represented at all levels of the workforce and in all areas of work and effective use is made of talent in the workforce.
  • implement actions to ensure equal pay
  • ensure that staff and student support services meet the needs of men, women and trans persons and are accessible.
  • create an inclusive learning, teaching and research environment and minimises barriers to participation and meets the needs of a wide range of students including groups traditionally under-served by higher education or underrepresented in subject or employment choice
  • assess the equality impact of existing and proposed policies, practices, procedures and initiatives on all stakeholders using the University's equality impact assessment toolkit.

Further information about the University's Equality Objectives is included in the Strategic Equality Plan: 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Catrin Morgan, Equality & Diversity Manager (Governance and Compliance): or (029) 2087 0230.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

• The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe;
• It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area;
• Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it afford.

The Athena SWAN Charter was launched on 22 June 2005 at the Institute of Physics and is currently managed by the Equality Challenge Unit. Athena SWAN aims to recognise and celebrate good practice on recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in STEMM in higher education through its award.
Cardiff University was awarded its first University wide bronze award in 2009 and there are currently three Silver and six Bronze award holding Schools, with a further eight Schools committed to, and working towards Athena SWAN awards.

For more information, please contact Isabella Santamaria, Equality and Diversity Manager (HR) or see 


Isabella Santamaria
Equality & Diversity Manager (HR)
Tel: (029) 208 79241