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Equality and diversity

As a School, we are committed to promoting equality and celebrating diversity.

We achieve this by fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for students and staff regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or nationality, and by promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities.

We are a vibrant and diverse community, with students and staff from many nations and ethnic backgrounds. The School’s leadership reflects this diversity. Race, religion, disability, gender and sexuality are all core components of our teaching and active areas of research for many members of our staff.

Athena SWAN

The School has been working with Athena SWAN since an initial pilot for social science subjects in 2012. We were awarded a bronze award in 2014 and again in 2017. During this time we have:

  • collected and monitored recruitment data by gender
  • required a female member of staff to be on all selection and interview panels
  • given women staff the choice to have a female appraiser
  • required that annual performance reviews are proactive in discussing promotion and career progression with women staff.

We also ensure that School meetings are held within core hours, and have established a new training course for mentors, along with better matching of mentors and mentees.


The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to address gender inequalities and, in particular, the underrepresentation of women in the sciences. It has since been expanded to encompass the arts, humanities and social sciences as well. Cardiff University has held a Bronze institutional award since 2009.

Contact us

Responsibility for equality and diversity and strategy implementation sits with the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee members.

Professor Alyson Rees

Professor Alyson Rees


+44(0) 29 2087 5261