A commitment to gender equality is fundamental to our University’s core values, ensuring our success as a high-performing global civic institution with a positive and supportive culture, where all staff and students feel empowered and respected. We are committed to dealing swiftly and effectively with any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination, to eliminating the professorial gender pay gap, and to mainstreaming gender equality into all our practices.

Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

We value the unique differences and needs that each of our colleagues bring to work every day. Together, we will strive to build an inclusive institution that reflects society.

Athena SWAN Charter 

We are a founder member of the Athena SWAN Charter and currently hold  fourteen awards (four silver and ten bronze).

Gender Equality Group  

The role of this group is to raise awareness of gender equality issues (for all staff), help develop solutions and be a key link and support to our EDI Committees across the institution.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

We are using an evidence-based approach to understanding the reasons for our Gender Pay Gap and we are working with our staff and unions to reduce this. We are also committed to ensuring equal pay for all our employees and to conducting Equal Pay Audits on a regular basis.

Professorial Gender Pay Gap

To better understand this, we established the Professorial Gender Pay Gap Steering Group in May 2017 as part of our University strategy action plan. The first step was to gather and analyse our data in more detail before committing to further interventions. We commissioned Dr Alison Parken, a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and a leading expert in this field, to carry out this initial work and capture her findings in a report, including recommendations for closing the gender pay gap.

Gender-Based Initiatives

The University of Bristol has a number of ongoing initiatives and projects in addition to those above, which aim to support gender equality in the workplace. 

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