Gender equality

Our commitment to gender equality is deeply rooted in our values and reflected in our policies, programs, and initiatives. From promoting women in STEM to ensuring fair representation across leadership roles, we're actively working towards a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of gender.

Women and Allies Network

The Women and Allies Network is a sub-group of the University Equality and Diversity Committee. Current members of the team represent academic staff, professional services and administrative staff across the University.

Throughout the year, they undertake a range of activities and events which cover the consideration of University policies in terms of gender, discussing experiences of different groups of staff and organising a celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The International Women’s Day event brought together representatives from EDIW, UCU union, Fairtrade, Derby Moves, our Careers team, Union of Students, Derby Ravens cheerleaders and music from Phantom Media.

The Women and Allies Network recognises the need to promote, enhance and support the experiences and wellbeing of staff across the University. Working with the Union of Students and network members, we ensure that all issues are addressed and proposals for change are taken forward.

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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month runs throughout March and includes International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March. The month honours the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history.

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Our role models and allies

Our role models and allies represent and support the diverse communities at the University. They are people who recognise and visibly demonstrate every day that everyone has an important contribution to make.

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