Equality and Diversity


“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood"

Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, General Assembly of the United Nations, 1948.

"Promoting equality and diversity creates improvements for everyone"

Professor AJ Chapman, Vice Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Foreword to the Cardiff Metropolitan University Strategic Equality Plan 2012-2016

Equality and Diversity at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to promoting and implementing best practice in Equality and Diversity (E&D). It wishes to work beyond the legislative requirements in the delivery of E&D policies, and it aims for equality of opportunity to be embedded in everything it does. Cardiff Metropolitan University is an organisation where diversity is valued, equality is promoted and services are delivered to support all staff and students.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is aware of the need to recognise people’s identities as multi-dimensional. Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to providing a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

In Wales, the Welsh language is often included under an equality banner. Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Welsh Language Unit manages the implementation of the Welsh Language Scheme.

Policies and Annual Reports​

2016-20 Strategic Equality Plan.pdf

E and D Annual Report 2014-15.pdf

E and D Annual Report 2013-14.pdf

STUDENT Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2013-14.pdf

STAFF Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2013-14.pdf

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2012-13

Strategic Equality Plan 2012 

Equal Opportunities Policy March 2014.pdf


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Cardiff Metropolitan University is dedicated to the advancement of gender equality and is committed to engaging with our staff, students as well as the wider community to help create a more inclusive and diverse organisation. The Athena SWAN Charter aims to encourage more women into STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) and also seeks to address the low levels of women in senior positions. Universities are required to put in place an action plan to address these gaps. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The University is proud to have achieved our first institutional Athena SWAN award, with success at Bronze level. See the Cardiff Metropolitan University Athena SWAN Bron​ze Award application, which also outlines the University's Athena SWAN Action plan for 2016 – 19.

As part of the Cardiff Metropolitan University's commitment to the principles of Athena SWAN, the University has established a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) to oversee and ensure the implementation of the Athena SWAN principles and action plan at all levels across the institution. The SAT Terms of Reference can be viewed below. 

SAT Terms of Refe​rence June 2016.pdf


LGBT+ Staff Network - CMet Enfys

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an active and friendly network for staff who identify as LGBT+. Network meetings are held every 6-8 weeks and rotate between the Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses. The Network's Terms of Reference (ToR) can be viewed below. If you would like an informal chat about the benefits of joining the Network or would like to be put in touch with an existing member to discuss, please contact the LGBT+ Staff Network lgbtstaffnetwork@cardiffmet.ac.uk

LGBT Staff Network ToR November 2015.pdf



Cardiff Metropolitan University has signed up to Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme and participates in the annual Workplace Equality Index, a measurement tool for good practice in creating an inclusive working environment for LGBT employees.

More information on the Diversity Champions Programme is available on Stonewall's website.


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For more information about equality and diversity at Cardiff Metropolitan University please contact Martin Smith, ​Equality and Diversity Officer: equality@cardiffmet.ac.uk.