Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sheffield Hallam University is committed to advancing equality of opportunity, experience and outcome, ensuring that students and staff realise their full potential. This is reflected through the University’s values of inclusion and supportiveness, with equality, diversity and inclusion acting as key enablers to the University Strategy.

Our Equality Objectives embody the university’s ambition to create a transformational and aspirational culture of inclusion for all students and staff. We are proud of the rich diversity of our Hallam community, and value a culture where every individual can succeed and thrive.

Our Equality Information Reports provide information about the protected characteristics of our students and our employees as well as potential students and employees based on data currently available. The information is used to inform policy development and decision-making to ensure Sheffield Hallam University maintains and enhances its inclusive environment.

For more information and to view the Equality Objectives 2021–2024 and Equality Information Reports please visit our Equality Reporting page.

For advice on equality and diversity, Sheffield Hallam equality policies, and the Equality Act 2010, please visit our enquiry page.

For all the latest developments on the implications for higher education, please visit the Equality Challenge Unit website (now part of Advance HE), and for national equalities information please visit Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Government Equalities Office.

Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN recognises commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Established in 2005 to encourage and advance women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine), the charter has been expanded to cover equality for all genders. The charter now includes not only STEMM, but AHSSBL (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law) and professional and support staff.

We are proud to hold bronze status for the whole University, as well as one departmental silver award and one departmental bronze award.

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Pay Gaps

Fairness in pay is vital and the University is committed to ensuring there is equal pay for work of equal value for all its employees. We continue to work to reduce our pay gaps and are progressing the implementation of a number of plans to address this issue.

Read more about our plans and progress in our Pay Gap Report 2023 (DOCX, 837.1KB). You can request an accessible version of the report by email from hrodadvisory@shu.ac.uk

Disability Confident

Disability Confident logoWe are positive about disability and proud to be a Disability Confident Leader.

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Race Equality Charter

Race Equality Charter (REC)

Sheffield Hallam University is a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC), part of Advance HE. Nationally recognised, the charter promotes the representation, progress and success of black and minority ethnic staff and students in the Higher Education sector.

We recognise that racial inequalities continue to exist within society and in the sector as a whole. As an institution, we are committed to taking a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to our minority ethnic staff and students. Participation in the Race Equality Charter will help us assess our current position in relation to race and ethnicity and shape and develop our action plan for change.

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University of Sanctuary

We are a University of Sanctuary. Our initiatives in support of sanctuary seekers are led by a steering group of senior University leaders, academics and students.

More about how we support sanctuary seekers


AccessAble logoSheffield Hallam University has detailed information about the accessibility of its buildings on the AccessAble website. AccessAble (the new name for DisabledGo) is an award-winning disability organisation that has been in operation since 2000. It produces detailed online access guides to a wide range of venues.

The information provided by AccessAble aims to empower disabled people to make their own informed decisions as to the usability of a venue based on their own particular access requirements.

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