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Equality and Diversity

Protected Characteristics


The Equality Act came into force in October 2010.

The Act brings together over 116 seperate pieces of legislation into one single act.

The Equality Act provides protection from discrimination on the nine Protected Characteristics:

Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership,

Maternity, Paternity and Adoption,

Race, Religion or Belief, Sex (Gender Equality), Sexual Orientation.

Athena SWAN - The University of Warwick currently holds a Silver Athena award and all STEMM Departments hold either a Bronze or Silver award. From November 2015 all departments can now apply for a Athena Charter mark.

Race Equality Charter Mark - Improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students with higher education.

HR Excellence - The HR Excellence Awards are the most sought after and prestigious in the industry. Warwick was awarded their award in 2012 and successfully passed the 2 year review process in January 2014.

Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. Warwick is a Stonewall Champion and has submitted for the Workplace Equality Index 2016.

Dignity at Warwickbullying

The University launched the revised Dignity at Warwick policy (PDF Document) for staff and students at the Dignity at Warwick event held in November 2014, as it is keen to develop an approach to tackling harassment and bullying by emphasising positive behaviour and the responsibilities that we all have to challenge inappropriate behaviour when we see it.

The University regards all forms of harassment, including bullying, as unacceptable.

Dignity at Warwick Event 2015

Dignity Contact Resources

The Dignity Contact resources pages have been created to provide guidance for Dignity Contacts.

Say NO to Bullying and Harassment

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The University is pleased to support the development of staff networks and is inviting staff, should they wish, to express an interest in joining one of the proposed staff network groups.


Latest News

NEW Factsheets on Protected Characteristics - Short Factsheets have been created to give a snapshot of support, initiatives and guidance in place for supporting staff with Protected Characteristic's.

Diversity Calendar 2015/16 - Take a look at the fabulous images and key dates for your diary.

MindManager Mind Mapping software available - MindManager’s flexible mind maps promote freeform thinking and quick organization of ideas, so creativity and productivity can live in harmony. Capture ideas. Manage meetings. Create strategic plans. Organize anything

The University is proud of its diverse community of staff, students and visitors, and is committed to maintaining it excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring here is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift