Equality Charters & Initiatives

Athena SWAN

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. Originally established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research, the Athena SWAN Charter has since 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 charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The University achieved our first institutional Athena SWAN award in 2016, with success at Bronze level. See the Cardiff Metropolitan University Athena SWAN Bronze Award application, which outlines the University's Athena SWAN action plan for 2016-20.

As part of 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 view below. 

SAT Terms of Reference June 2016


In April 2017, the Cardiff School of Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Sport were both successful in achieving Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental awards. Both schools merged in September 2018 to become the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences.



Cardiff Metropolitan University is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, having signed up to the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme in 2013. The programme provides an excellent framework for helping create a working environment that enables LGBT+ staff to reach their full potential. The University is committed to ensuring that our organisation is LGBT-inclusive and a place where staff can be themselves. 

We participate in the annual Workplace Equality Index, a benchmarking tool assessing our organisations progress on LGBT+ equality against Stonewall's best practice as well as other Higher Education Institutions. 

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

Equality Challenge Unit

Prior to 2016, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) was primarily funded through the four UK funding councils, each with their different models. Following ECU's decision to move to a membership model in 2016, University Wales through HEFCW decided to collectively become ECU members. As such Cardiff Metropolitan is a proud member of ECU, working to further support equality and diversity for staff and students in Higher Education Institutions as well as influencing our neighbouring community. 

Time to Change Wales

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to providing help and support to all staff and students experiencing mental health problems. The University wants to ensure that it provides a welcoming and supportive working environment and as such to further demonstrate our commitment we have joined together to work with Time to Change Wales. By supporting this national campaign, together with staff and students we aim to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales, by improving our provision of support and prioritising learning around mental health and well-being.

Disability Confident

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to improving employment opportunities and career development for disabled people, and in recognition of this Cardiff Metropolitan University has been certified as a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer.

The Disability Confident Scheme has replaced the Two Ticks or disability symbol scheme. Under the Two Ticks scheme employers made five commitments, one of which was to interview all disabled applicants who met the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

For more information on the Disability Confident employer scheme please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign


Cardiff Metropolitan University is proud to work alongside DisabledGo, the UK's leading provider of access information. Established over 14 years ago, DisabledGo's mission is to maximise independence and choice for disabled people in accessing their local area and the places we all want to visit.

Following a recent survey of our sites at the end of November 2016, access information to Cardiff Metropolitan University is now available on DisabledGo's Detailed Access Guide

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