Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality Charters

What is Athena Swan?

Read more about our University and departmental gender equality awards.

Race Equality Charter

Read more about the Race Equality Charter (REC).

University of Sanctuary

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

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.

Policy, strategy and reporting

COVID-19 Equality Impact Assessment

We want to reach out to our community and make you aware of the various forms of support that are available during these challenging times.

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.

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.

Resources and support

Pronoun guide

The University of Essex LGBTQ Staff Forum have provided a guide on pronouns: what they are, how to use them and why they are so important.

Tackling racism

At Essex, we are determined to take rapid action against racism on our campuses, and to ensure we’re supporting our staff.

Protected characteristics

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