Equality, diversity and inclusion

Protected characteristics

There are nine protected characteristics which are covered in the Equality Act 2010, discrimination against these is unlawful.

Equality Charters

Athena Swan impact

Read about how the Athena SWAN award has helped new initiatives and policies be introduced into the University.

Gender equality awards and applications

Read more about our gender equality awards and applications including Athena SWAN and the GEM award.

Race Equality Charter

Read more about the Race Equality Charter (REC).

The Armed Forces Covenant

Find out more about our pledge to honour the Armed Forces Covenant.

University of Sanctuary

An initiative to recognise the good practice of universities welcoming people seeking sanctuary into their communities.

What is Athena Swan?

Read more about our University and departmental gender equality awards.

Networks and forums

Essex Access Forum

The EAF is a discussion forum and consultation body working to support excellence in all aspects of physical and intellectual access at Essex.

Essex LGBTQ+ Alliance

The Essex LGBT Alliance is a network of Essex-based organisations sharing resources and best practice for the benefit of everyone in the workplace.

Essex Women's Network

The Essex Women’s Network is open to all staff who work at our University and also to PhD students.

Parents' Support Network

Working parents with shared interests and responsibilities who offer each other informal peer support on topics such as managing the transition back to work and the challenges of being a working parent.

Policy, strategy and reporting

Equality, diversity and inclusion policy

Find out about our Equality, diversity and inclusion policy 2019-25

Equality, diversity and inclusion annual reports

Find out about our equality, diversity and inclusion annual reports.

Mindful Employer Charter

The University has signed the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health.

Technician commitment

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies.

Zero tolerance of harassment and bullying

The University celebrates diversity, challenges inequality and is committed to establishing an environment that is free from any form of harassment or bullying.