Equality, diversity and inclusion

Athena SWAN

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.

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 LGBT 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 and diversity policy and strategy

Find out about our Equality and Diversity Framework and Sub-Strategy 2015-18 and accompanying codes of practice.

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.

Protected characteristics

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

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.