Equality Charters & Initiatives

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.

Athena SWAN

As a University, we have committed to understanding and addressing the barriers that exist for our staff and students pertaining to gender inequalities. We are working toward tackling the challenges and disparities that hinder equal representation, progression and outcomes for all.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter Mark has been driver for change at the University since we first achieved our Institutional Bronze award in 2016 and again in 2019. Since then, we have continued to take a whole-institutional approach resulting in all our Academic Schools committing to making individual applications for the Bronze and Silver awards. We will continue to embed and uphold the Athena SWAN ten key principles into our University and maintain a practical and informed strategy to advance Gender Equality for all.

Current award holders are:

      • Cardiff Metropolitan University – Bronze Institutional Award
      • Cardiff School of Art and Design – Bronze Departmental Award
      • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy – Bronze Departmental Award
      • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences (Cyncoed) – Silver Departmental Award

Race Equality Charter

Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. As Cardiff Metropolitan University, we have made an unwavering commitment to embed racial justice and equality in all parts of our institution. To realise our vision of Race Equity and directly address inequality at our University, we have become a member of the Race Equality Charter.

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.