Gender equality

We are committed to improving the lives of women and girls, by increasing opportunity, widening access to education, empowering communities and as advocates for change with policymakers. 




free pads and tampons distributed across our UK campuses


Engineering department in the country to be awarded the Athena Swan Gold award


large-scale study of women’s experiences of working through menopause




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Breaking the menopause taboo for women in the workplace

New guidelines, introduced in workplaces in the UK and around the world as a result of Professor Amanda Griffiths’ unprecedented research, are changing the working lives of women.

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Learning and students

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Removing barriers in STEM education

We support the STEM Belle programme, which empowers young women from schools in Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan and seeks to remove the barriers they face in going on to education and training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Engagement and impact

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Shaping the debate on misogyny

Our evidence-based research has shaped the debate around misogyny and its impact and influenced UK legislation on street harassment, voyeurism and attitudes about communication and the use of language.

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Policy and operations

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Athena SWAN Gold award

Our Engineering department was the UK’s first to be awarded an Athena Swan Gold award  for excellence in advancing gender equality across higher education and research.

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