Here's how we're striving to create gender balance at our University.



All of our Senate Committees and over half of our Council Committees now have at least a 40 per cent female membership.

Four out of 12 colleagues on our Executive Board are female, including our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.


Our Gender Equality Committee is a formal sub-committee of the University Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

It oversees the implementation and development of the University’s Athena SWAN action plan.

It also supports the achievement of the University’s key performance indicators and equality objectives, by raising awareness of gender equality and acting as a body of expertise on gender issues; and advises the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Human Resources and senior management on measures to address gender equality.

Gender pay gap

We are committed to monitoring and reducing our gender pay gap.

Read our latest gender pay gap report and find out more.

Gender equality in research

In 2020, we launched the White Rose Gender Equality College in collaboration with academic and professional colleagues from the University of Leeds and the University of York.

A key driver of this work includes the recent change in requirement from Global Challenge Research Funders for research proposals to include a gender equality statement, in order to provide equal opportunities for male and female researchers.

Academic career pathways

Our Academic Career Pathways framework specifically takes account of gender equality and inclusion work in building academic, teaching and research promotion cases.

Menopause friendly workplace and support for carers

We’re beginning work to look at how we create a menopause friendly workplace and how we can better support staff who have caring responsibilities.

This is about creating a supportive work environment where everyone can thrive.

Maternity support

Our Women Academic Returners’ Programme (WARP) supports women who are returning to work after time off for maternity leave.

Support for parents

Parents@TUOS is a network for all staff and students who have families or are thinking about having families.

We have a purpose-built parent room that offers all women across campus a private space to express and store milk or breastfeed.

Women's network

Are you a current member of staff? Are you interested in getting involved in the women’s staff network? Expressions of interest are welcomed for the role of Chair or Steering Group Committee member.

If you would like to help shape the future of the network and build on its success, please email

Athena SWAN

We are one of only 18 universities to hold a Silver institutional Athena SWAN award and one of only four institutions nationally to retain their Silver award upon renewal.

Read about our work and award.

Creating an inclusive workplace

We are committed to tackling discrimination and creating an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees and we are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.

Harassment, abuse, bullying, violence and discrimination have no place at our University. Via the online platform Report + Support, staff and students can report and access support about harassment and discrimination of any kind.

We offer a range of support, services and activities for staff health and wellbeing.

Women in engineering

Engineering is a fantastic career choice for men and women, unfortunately, women are woefully underrepresented.

We want to show the huge diversity of the engineering discipline; to break preconceived notions of what engineering is and to showcase our excellent Women in Engineering at the University.

Meet some of our women in engineering.

Report + Support

An online platform for all staff and students to report and access support about harassment and discrimination of any kind.