Equality & Diversity Key Priorities

Equality Objectives

EqualityOur mission is to attract, grow and engage talent, from all backgrounds and all sectors of society. We have an excellent track record of equality action, through which we aim to develop a fully inclusive University community which encourages everyone to flourish and reach their potential with a positive and supportive culture.

Our Equality Objectives were developed in 2012, and we are currently undertaking an extensive project to implement these across the University. These will help us to meet our statutory equality duties, and fully support our business and social justice agendas.

To find out more and to get involved, see our Equality Objectives webpages.

Female Progression

FemaleOne of our University targets is focused around increasing the representation of women at professorial level.

There are numerous avenues of support for academic women at University and Faculty level, for example mentoring programmes, Networks and initiatives aimed at raising the profile of women across the University.

In addition, our Female Academic Progression Action Plan 2012-2015 sets out what we will do to reach our target and how we will do it.

To find out about our support see our Female Progression webpages.

Athena SWAN


We are delighted to announce that the University has been presented with a silver institutional Athena SWAN award that recognises our ongoing commitment to gender equality.

We’re now one of nine of an elite group of universities holding silver institution awards. This achievement marks significant progress since our first bronze award in 2008 and its renewal in 2012. The silver award recognises our University's significant and sustained record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges in different disciplines

The silver award is also in recognition of the achievements of all of our award-winning departments.


smallUniversity placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the third year

Our continued dedication to workplace equality means we have once again been placed in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, the definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay and bi staff.

Further information can be found on our Staff pages.

To find out more see our LGBT at the University webpages.

Mental Health

TTCimageTo mark World Mental Health Day which took place on the 10th October 2014, the University in collaboration with the Students' Union is committing to signing the Time to Change Pledge, which is a public statement of our aspirations to tackle mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

To find out more about Time to Change and our existing support for Mental Health see our Time to Change webpage.

The Big Message

As a University we are highly committed to equality and inclusion, although it is hard to outline how thbigmessageis makes a difference to the workplace.

Through this project we aim to develop a business and educational rationale for why the University should invest in inclusion. We will do this by holding discussions with both students and key leading staff from across the University, including the University Executive Board, Principal Investigators, Sheffield Leader participants and HR Executive & Management Team amongst others.

Discussions will be facilitated by Simon Fanshawe, co-founder of Stonewall, who has previously worked with us on setting transformational equality objectives.

To find out more, see our Big Message webpages.