Beyond a university

At the University of Sunderland in London, we want to remove every barrier to study that we can. That’s why we want all our students and staff to feel safe and included, regardless of background. No one should feel that the things that make them who they are disadvantage them. We’ve built a wide range of networks and relationship with organisations that share our mindset. Read more about our connections and look out for more collaborations coming soon.

Athena Swan

The Equality Challenge Units’ Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise a commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL). It also now represents workers in professional and support roles, and transgender staff and students. 

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Disability Confident employer

We celebrate the value and diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that everyone is welcome in our community and that no-one faces discrimination or encounters barriers because of their disability.

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Stonewall is a lobbying group for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and anyone else in the LGBTQ+ community. It aims to put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda and work in partnership with other organisations to champion diversity.

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Positive Allies

Positive Allies is an initiative set up by our parent University in Sunderland to tackle the stigma around HIV. Organisations with this badge are friendly and open toward, and inclusive of, people living with HIV.

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Stand Alone Pledge

Like us, the people at Stand Alone believe that students who are estranged from their families, attending university without support, should not be held back from achieving their goals.

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Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to treat those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families, fairly and without discrimination.

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