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The University works towards a number of charters and benchmarking exercises which allow us to measure our progress on ED&I and identify areas for improvement.

Learn more about the awards the University is working towards using the links below (or scroll to see more detail):


Athena Swan

The Advance HE Athena Swan Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in academic roles in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM) and arts, humanities, social science, business, and law (AHSSBL), as well as professional and support staff, and trans staff and students, in relation to their representation, progression of students into academia, journey through career milestones, and working environment for all staff. Warwick currently holds a Silver Athena Swan award.

You can read more about the Athena Swan Charter here.


Carer Confident

The Carer Confident benchmarking scheme assists employers to build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are, or will become, carers and to make the most of the talents that carers can bring to the workplace.

You can read more about Carer Confident here.


Disability Smart

Disability Smart is a benchmarking assessment run in the UK by Business Disability Forum (BDF). The audit covers ten business areas: leadership, learning and development, workplace adjustments, recruitment, retention, customers and service users, procurement, communication, built environment, and technology. BDF also provide support including a helpline and guidance materials. Warwick currently holds a Bronze accreditation.

You can read more about Disability Smart here.


HR Excellence in Research Award

The Vitae HR Excellence in Research award recognises the effective implementation of the 'European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers' which set out principles for good working conditions for researchers.

You can read more about the HR Excellence in Research Award here.


Menopause Friendly Accreditation

The University of Warwick is committed to being a Menopause Friendly Employer.

Being menopause friendly means being clear how we support menopause in the workplace, creating an environment where menopause can be talked about easily and putting support in place for colleagues.

You can read more about the Menopause Friendly Accreditation here.


Positive Allies

The Positive Allies charter is designed to help organisations demonstrate they are an HIV-friendly organisation with an environmental ethos of tackling HIV-related stigma in all its forms.

You can read more about Positive Allies here.


Race at Work Charter

The Business in the Community Race at Work Charter focuses on five calls to action to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels in an organisation.

You can read more about the Race at Work Charter here.


Race Equality Charter

The Advance HE Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. The RECM provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students.

You can read more about the Race Equality Charter here.


Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool which allows us to measure our progress on LGBTQUA+ inclusion. The Index covers ten business areas: policies and benefits, employee lifestyle, LGBTQUA+ employee network group, allies and role models, senior leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement, clients, customers and service users, and any other additional work.

You can read more about the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index here.