Charter marks, awards and accreditations

Values and initiatives

Equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything we do.

Charter marks provide a public opportunity for us to focus on equality strands, to celebrate successes and stretch our ambitions. You’ll find below a list of our current and most recent awards and accreditations.

Athena Swan Charter

We been a member of Athena SWAN since 2005 and currently hold a Bronze Institutional Award and we have an ambitious target to complete all departmental applications. Originally established to address the under-representation of women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research, Athena SWAN now includes the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, Professional and support roles, and Trans staff and students.

Race Equality Charter

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.


We are proud to be a part of Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, Britain’s leading best-practice employers' forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion.


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. Our profile on the AccessAble website has detailed access guides on a large range of building at our various UK campuses. Theses guides provide comprehensive information including access information including corridors, doors, access to other floors, toilets, lifts, ramps, stairs and photographs,

Disability Confident

The Job Centre’s Two Ticks: Positive about Disability Scheme has recently been replaced by the Government’s (Department for Work and Pensions) ‘Disability Confident’ scheme. There are three levels to this accreditation, and we are a Level 1 Disability Confident employer.

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.

Mindful Employer

We are 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.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

We are delighted to have achieved the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for demonstrating our commitment to being an Armed Forces-friendly organisation. Silver award holders actively promote being armed forces-friendly, and further information about our commitment can be found in our Military Veterans and Reserve Force Policy.