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Equality and Diversity

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our staff and students from the regional, national, and international communities that we serve. We aim to be a place where people can be themselves no matter what their identity or background.

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We treat our employees and applicants for our jobs fairly. Equality is central to all aspects of employment practice including recruitment, terms and conditions, learning, development and promotion. We provide flexible and inclusive working environments that are designed to support both people and business needs.

Our aim is to make full use of people’s talents and skills by creating an open and inclusive workplace culture where people from all backgrounds can work together with dignity and respect.


The University holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is currently working to achieve silver. To help ensure that our people policies and working practices are bias free and fit well with our strategic aims, we are also Disability Confident employers, Stonewall Diversity Champions and Investors in People accredited.    

For more information on diversity and equality at Durham University, click here.