Awards and Accreditations

UCLan commits itself to a range of equality awards and accreditations which additionally allows us to engage with staff, students and the community. It strives to deliver work which helps to improve equality and diversity across many areas, increase the representation and inclusivity of various groups and embed its principles across the University. More details on these are shown below.


The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In May 2015 the Charter was expanded to include arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, Professional and support roles, and Trans staff and students.

UCLan was awarded a Bronze Institutional award in April 2014. It is currently focussing on achieving awards for its 5 colleges.


The Race Equality Charter provides a framework through which we work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. The Charter Mark covers Academic, Professional and Support staff, Student attainment, diversity of the curriculum and progression of students into academia.

The Charter has opened to all higher education institutions in 2016 and UCLan is currently working towards achieving a Bronze award.


UCLan are part of Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, Britain’s leading best-practice employers' forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion. It also participates in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI), a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace. In 2016 we placed at 260 out of 415 public, private and third sector companies that participated in the index.


AccessAble (formerly DisabledGo) is an award winning disability organisation with the reputation of working with many public sector bodies such as HEIs, FECs, NHS Trusts and Local Authorities. It provides a website which hosts detailed access guides and a wealth of information designed to give people the detail needed to make a confident choice while accessing services and venues in their community.

UCLan’s Web Pages have detailed access guides on approximately 45 buildings, including those at Llangollen and Burnley Campus. The guides provide comprehensive access information on, and photographs of, aspects such as entry into a venue, corridors, doors, access to other floors, toilets, lifts, ramps, stairs etc.

Disability Confident (previously Two Ticks)

The Job Centre’s Two Ticks: Positive about Disability Scheme has recently been replaced by the Government’s (Department for Work and Pensions) ‘Disability Confident’ scheme. Disability Confident works with employers to:

  • challenge attitudes towards disability
  • increase understanding of disability
  • remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
  • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

There are three levels to this accreditation and UCLan are a Level 1 Disability Confident employer.

Mindful Employer

UCLan is a Mindful Employer Charter Mark Employer. This voluntary Charter is renewed every three years and takes account of our approaches towards supporting employees with mental health conditions and the policies and practices in place relating to them.

It also assesses our commitment to further developing work in this area and our obligation to the overarching philosophies of the initiative.