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Charter marks

The University of Reading is proud to receive recognition for our work in supporting staff and students in underrepresented groups.

Athena SWAN

The Athena SWAN Charter promotes gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. It focuses specifically on the advancement of women's careers across higher education in all academic fields; this includes women working as academics and researchers as well as those working in professional and support roles. The charter also promotes and recognises work that supports trans staff and students.

At University level we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, and we're working towards submission for a Silver Award in 2019. You can find out more by downloading the University's most recent Athena SWAN Bronze Application (April 2016) and action plan, or a brief overview of both.

We're also proud to hold Athena SWAN awards in nearly all of our science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) schools:

We're working towards holding Athena SWAN awards (many at Silver level or above) in all of our STEMM schools, and at least two of our non-STEMM schools, by 2019, and to have all of our schools actively working towards Athena SWAN recognition by that date.

Race Equality Charter

The Race Equality Charter Mark was introduced by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2015 and provides a framework for universities to identify and reflect on any institutional or cultural barriers affecting staff or students.

The University was one of the original 21 institutions that participated in the trial for this charter mark. However, during the process we recognised that we needed to do a considerable amount of work in identifying and reflecting on our own progress, and we were not awarded the charter mark on that occasion.

Since then we have become a member of the Race Equality Charter and have committed to preparing a submission for a charter mark in 2018.

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The University is proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion. Stonewall works for equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and the Diversity Champion programme provides employers with access to a range of support and resources. It is Britain's leading programme for ensuring all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.

In January 2017 we achieved our highest-ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI). We placed 168th out of the 439 employers that applied for this scheme - a major improvement on 2016 when we were ranked 204 out of 415 employers.

The WEI is a benchmark used by employers to ensure all LGBT+ staff can be themselves the workplace and are accepted without exception. Our target is to be in the top 50 employers by 2020.

Investors in People

The University has two Investor in People accreditations:

Investors in People accreditation recognises well-trained and motivated staff, continuous improvement in services, and staff who believe their training and development needs are understood and valued by their organisation and managers - all of which are supported by a strong emphasis on equality and diversity.

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