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Awards and Accreditations

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The University works towards a number of charters and benchmarking exercises which allow us to measure our progress on inclusion and identify areas for improvement. Having our work validated by external agencies is most welcome, and helps us to learn from and share best practice.


Learn more about the awards the University is working towards using the links below:

Athena Swan

Athena Swan is a framework to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. In committing to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter, we recognise that we join a global community with a shared goal of addressing gender inequalities and embedding inclusive cultures. Warwick holds a Silver Athena Swan award.

Disability Smart

Disability Smart is a whole-organisation disability management audit to help organisations measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees, and stakeholders. Warwick was awarded a Bronze in 2021.

Disability Employment Charter

The Disability Employment Charter is a call for the government to act. It proposes a set of vital measures that, if implemented in a concerted manner, would substantially shift the dial on disability employment. Warwick is a founder member of the Disability Employment Charter.

HR Excellence in Research

The HREiR award recognises effective implementation of the 'European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers' which sets out principles for good working conditions for researchers. Warwick has held the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2012.

Menopause Friendly Accreditation

The Menopause Friendly accreditation recognises employers who are clear how they support menopause in the workplace, create an environment where menopause can be talked about easily, and put the right support in place for their colleagues. Warwick is recognised as 'Committed to being a Menopause Friendly Employer'.

Race at Work Charter

The Race at Work Charter focuses on seven calls to action to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels in an organisation. We are proud to be a signatory of Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter.

Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. It provides a framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students. Warwick holds a Bronze REC award.

Social Mobility Pledge

The Social Mobility Pledge is a coalition of 550 businesses globally employing over 5 million people, as well as more than 50 universities representing almost 2 million students. It encourages organisations to be a force for good by putting social mobility at the heart of their purpose. Warwick is a signatory to the Social Mobility Pledge.

Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace. In the 2022 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Warwick was ranked 122 out of 403 and awarded Gold.

University of Sanctuary

Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a proud and radical tradition of supporting refugees and people in the asylum system. The University of Sanctuary award recognises commitment to creating a culture of safety, solidarity, and empowerment for people seeking sanctuary within, and beyond, university campuses. Warwick has been recognised as a University of Sanctuary since 2017.

We are committed to removing economic, social, and cultural barriers at Warwick . To do this, we need your help to better understand the make-up of our community - please answer the diversity monitoring questions on your personal record. Staff can update on SuccessFactors and students on Student Records Online. It should only take a few minutes of your time. Find out more about what we ask and how we use it here.