University Structure & Governance>Equality and Diversity>Annual Reports, Strategies & Policies

Annual Reports, Strategies and Policies

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to ensuring that it has a number of Equality and Diversity plans and reports in order to support its Equality & Diversity agenda to create an inclusive and positive working environment for our staff and students. 

If you would like a copy of any of the documents listed below in an alternate format, or if you have any queries, please contact the Civic and International Equality and Diversity Officer at

View a copy of our Equal Opportunities Policy

Equality and Diversity Annual Reports

Strategic Equality Plans

Promoting equality is more than a statement of how the University will meet statutory requirements: it is an essential and integral part of the University operations, a reflection of what it values, and helps to create improvements for everyone. Equality supports quality: ensuring equality of opportunity and embracing diversity is necessary if we are to achieve our strategic goals and develop the full potential of all our staff and students. 

Our Strategic Equality Plan 2016-20 builds on both the successes and challenges of the University's previous 2012-16 plan. Our new Strategic Equality Plan is composed of three aims, each of which has a limited number of associated key objectives. We aim to work in partnership with our Cardiff Met Student Union in order to achieve these objectives. 

2012-16 Strategic Equality Plan

2016-20 Strategic Equality Plan                 

Equality Monitoring

Cardiff Metropolitan University collects and monitors anonymised Equality data on all nine protected characteristics as specified in The Equality Act 2010. The nine protected characteristics are Age, Disability, Race, Sex, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Religion and Belief and Sexual Orientation. 

It is also a legal requirement, as part of the Public Sector Equality Duty in Wales, for the University to monitor against all protected characteristics.

More information about the Equality Act 2010 and the Welsh Public Sector Equality Duty in Wales can be found on the ECU website

The University uses equality and diversity data to:

      • Monitor and evaluate the impact of our Strategic Equality Plan

      • Inform and guide equality assessment

      • Shape recruitment practice of staff and students

      • Ensure fair representation of staff and students on committee bodies

      • Improve various University initiatives

All information collected is stored securely, following strict data protection principles. Information is only ever published, in reports for example, in an anonymous format.

In order to provide further guidance in relation to equality monitoring, Stonewall Cymru have produced a guide highlighting the ten reasons why monitoring forms should be completed: What's it got to do with you?                                

Healthy University Strategy

The Healthy University Strategy has evolved from the bottom up with clear support and commitment from all parts of the University. It has been, and continues to be very much informed by the staff and student voice. The Strategy content largely developed out of a series of staff and student 'road shows' and other consultation opportunities which were held throughout 2015/16.  

The Strategy's aims revolve around the development of a socially cohesive, environmentally responsible and all inclusive work and study environment which looks to engage staff, students and the wider community. The wealth of feedback from staff, students and the wider community has been synthesised into an array of key themes which inform the core strategy documents and form the basis of action plans which underpin them.

The Strategy – covering the period 2016-20 – includes the following three core aims: 

      • Social Responsibility – Contribute to a fairer society through enhancing the impact of interactions with our local, regional and international communities

      • Environmental Efficiency – Embed environmental sustainability as a core organising principle across all activities

      • Health and Wellbeing – Create an environment where individuals are inspired and supported to perform to the best of their abilities, and in doing so, contribute to the University's aims, values and success

For further information on the Healthy University Strategy please see our Cardiff Met Healthy University webpage.

Equality Impact Assessments

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to creating a fair and equitable working and learning environment and like all other public bodies, the University has a legal duty to assess all its proposed policies, practices and procedures for their impact on protected groups as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

The purpose of conducting an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is to improve outcomes for those who may experience discrimination and disadvantage. When reviewing or implementing new policy, Cardiff Metropolitan University ensures EIAs are completed. 

Please find Cardiff Metropolitan University's Equality Impact Assessment form.