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Welcome to Strathclyde's Equality & Diversity website

The University of Strathclyde is committed to achieving and promoting equality of opportunity in its learning, teaching, research and working environments, and to ensuring these environments support positive relations between people, and a culture of respect. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students and are committed to encouraging everyone to realise their full potential.

We hope you will find these pages useful and informative, whether you are a student, staff member or visitor. The site will be updated on an on-going basis and we would welcome your comments and suggestions on its development.

If you would like to make a comment, ask a question, or share an example of good practice on equality and diversity, please email us at equalopportunities@strath.ac.uk

Please feel free to use the information provided on these pages by acknowledging the University of Strathclyde. In case of copyright materials, please ensure that you seek the author(s) consent prior to usage.

For latest information on legislation developments and case law, please visit the website of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Latest News

Diversity Week 2015 Evaluation

We would like to Invite all participants that attended events during the recent University Diversity Week (16-20 March) to complete a short survey giving us your opinions as well as ideas for future events.

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Many thanks

The Equality & Diversity Office



The University successfuly renewed its Athena SWAN Bronze award in April 2014. Four departments currently hold departmental level awards: Civil and Environmental Engineering has a Silver Award and Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Physics and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering have Bronze awards.

Annie McLaughlin, Athena SWAN Officer, assists Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) departments in developing Athena SWAN applications as well as supporting the progression of the University's Athena SWAN action plan.

If you wish to learn more or are interested in assisting with developing and implementing Athena SWAN activities please contact Annie at annie.mclaughlin@strath.ac.uk

Good Practice Information

The Equality Challenge Unit has produced a series of briefings and guides including:

  • Equality and diversity factsheets for academics covering:

           - inclusive practice           

           - pastoral care

           - acdemics promote good relations            

           - the legal framework (Scotland)  


Religion and belief in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published Religion and belief in the workplace . This follows recent rulings by the European Court of Human Rights on four cases involving religious accommodation in the workplace.

The guidance presents examples of possible requests for religious accommodation from employees, and guidance on the approach employers should take to respond to them.

Gender Segregation at Events

The Gender Segregation at Events guide produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission covers the legal obligations under equality law that universities and students’ unions have in relation to gender segregation at events and meetings. This includes legal obligations under equality law, what is permissible on a segregated basis and exceptions from equality law for religious practice and observance.


Gender Segregation at Events guide

Commitment to Improving Accessibility Information

The University has commissioned DisabledGo to assist in the provision of information about access to buildings. This allows students, staff and visitors to plan ahead to ensure their needs are met when planning accessible routes to and within buildings and identifying designated toilet and car parking facilities. In addition the footer information on all University web pages includes links to ‘Accessibility’ and ‘Equality’ which provide information on navigating and customising the web pages and support available for students and staff with disabilities.

All students and staff are invited to browse the DisabledGo webpages relating to Strathclyde and provide feedback on the accuracy and in general on the usefulness of information provided to the Equality and Diversity office.

Anyone experiencing issues with physical access on campus is asked to email Estates Services.

 disabled go

Diversity Calendar 2015

The Diversity Calendar provides information on cultural and religious dates.

If you are interested in organising diversity events or have suggestions please contact the Equality and Diversity Manager.
Email: equalopportunities@strath.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2811 

Please click here to open the Strathclyde Diversity Calendar 2015  

Grateful thanks to ww.happy.co.uk/ for allowing to download a free Happy Cultural Planner 2015



The Athena Swan Charter


We received the Athena Swan bronze award on 4 October 2011.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

For list of April 2013 Athena Swan award winners in the higher sector click here:


Legislation updates

University and the Equality Act 2010

The Act sets a new expectation that public services (education providers, employers and businesses) must treat everyone with dignity and respect.

The Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education sets out the Equality Act’s responsibilities on further and higher education providers in relation to provision of education and access to benefits, facilities or services, both educational and non-educational to people with protected characteristics including: age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

Read the guidance by clicking this link: Technical Guidance on Further and Higher Education

Scottish specific equality duties




Equality & Diversity Office
University of Strathclyde

McCance Building Room 2.59
16 Richmond Street
Glasgow G1 1XQ   

+44 (0)141 548 2811


Equality & Diversity Office
University of Strathclyde


Manager -

Naseem Anwar


Athena SWAN Officer -

Annie McLaughlin