Diversity and Equality

The University of Chester believes that educational excellence is achieved by valuing and nurturing each individual in the institution. We work to create and maintain an environment that respects the diversity of our staff and students and helps them to achieve their full potential.

The University aims to create an intellectual community and workplace that welcomes and promotes diversity and equality in and through relationships involving all staff and students.

Our commitment to diversity and equality

We are committed to fostering an environment free of all forms of disability, gender, racial and other discrimination, while actively promoting equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity.

The University aims to create an intellectual community and workplace that welcomes and promotes diversity and equality in and through relationships involving all staff and students; learning and teaching; research and scholarship; outreach and other University activities and practices.

Gender Charter Mark

The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) has a Gender Charter Mark for members of staff in Higher Education.

The charter mark aims to address the gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences, in particular the underrepresentation of women in senior roles.

 The University of Chester submitted an application to ECU on 20th April 2014, available here:

We were delighted to receive confirmation in September 2014 that the University was one of only 5 HEIs to be awarded the Bronze award and the Equality Team are now progressing the actions outlined in the action plan.   

Further information regarding the scheme can be located on the ECU website.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The ECU also manages the Athena SWAN Charter  which recognizes a commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.  The University of Chester submitted an application for an institutional bronze award in November 2014, and we were delighted when the award was announced in April 2015.  Our application and action plan can be found here:

 The Public Sector Equality Duty

The University of Chester has compiled an annual report in order to comply with our obligations to publish data under the Public Sector Equality Duty. This can be found in our Equality Report 2017 to the left of this page.

The University of Chester has also published a number of Equality Objectives, in accordance with its duties under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 and paragraph 3 of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, which requires each public authority to prepare and publish one or more objectives it thinks it should achieve to do any of the things mentioned in section 149(1)(a)-(c) of the Act. All objectives published are measurable against key performance indicators and actionable within a specified timescale.

Should you have any queries regarding this report or the Equality Objectives, please contact the Equality team via equality@chester.ac.uk.

Our Equality and Diversity Charter

Our Equality and Diversity Charter highlights the University’s’ priorities for Equality and Diversity action in the current academic year.  This Charter aims to ensure that our educational provision, services and policies meet the needs of all our students, staff and stakeholders, and ensure that each person is treated as an individual, fairly and with respect solely on the basis of their aptitude, ability and potential to pursue a course of study or to fulfil the requirements of a job.

Reviewing our procedures

We periodically review our admissions policy and procedures in order to seek to recruit students from all sectors of society, recognising that all students benefit from the experience of living and working in ethnically and culturally diverse groups.

Diversity Festival

Each year our Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism.

Staff Groups

The University of Chester has a Disability Equality Staff Group, an LGBT Staff Network and a Womens Network. All staff are welcome to attend the staff networks and should contact equality@chester.ac.uk  to find out more information.

For more information about any of our equality work, please email equality@chester.ac.uk.

Equality Impact Assessments

The University uses Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) to review its policies and procedures in order to get rid of unlawful discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity.