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. In November 2019, the University successfully acheived a renewal at Bronze level. 

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

The Cardiff School of Art and Design were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental award under the expanded post-2015 criteria after successfully applying in April 2018.

Advance HE

Cardiff Metropolitan University is an Advance HE Strategic Member and is committed to working with Advance HE to help shape the future of Higher Education, developing a culture which champions equality, diversity and inclusion. Through our membership, we hope to learn, influence and share best practice with HE Institutions from across Wales and the rest the UK.

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 committed to improving the accessibility of our campuses and is aware that the accessibility needs of our staff, students and visitors are different. We understand that what's accessible for one person is not always accessible to someone else. To provide support we have worked with AccessAble to provide a Detailed Access Guide to let people know what access will be like when the visit our University campuses. The Detailed Access Guide also looks at the route you will use getting and what is available inside.

Our Cardiff Metropolitan University Detailed Access Guide is available here.

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