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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Measuring EDI

Equality Charters

The University of Southampton is committed to several 'charter marks' related to equality and inclusion. These are national schemes designed to promote action for people who share one or more protected characteristics, career stages or pathways.

Each charter has an executive sponsor, supported by a project manager. They work with key stakeholders from the University's staff and student community to support the planning and delivery of the self-assessments and action plans.

Athena Swan – Silver award

"The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment, the Charter is now being used across the globe to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women." ( Advance HE )

Find out more about our commitment to Athena Swan

Race Equality Charter – Bronze award

"Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress." ( Advance HE )

Find out more about our commitment to the Race Equality Charter

Disability Confident Leader

"The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to [their] workplace. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices." ( DWP )

Find out more about our Disability Confident Leader accreditation.

Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers

"The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK." ( Vitae )

Find out more about our commitment to the Concordat and our HR Excellence in Research Award

Technician Commitment – Member

"The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering board of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Technicians Make It Happen campaign." ( Science Council )

Find out more about our commitment to technicians

Mental Health Charter Award

The University Mental Health Charter Award, established by Student Minds, acknowledges universities in the UK that excel in prioritising mental health. It focuses on guiding institutions to foster a supportive environment for mental health and wellbeing through principles like leadership, knowledge improvement, support services, and student partnership. In 2024, the University of Southampton was recognised with this award, highlighting its commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of its community.

Find out more about our University Mental Health Charter Award

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