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Equality and Diversity

See what we're doing to create a fairer, more inclusive community for all

We're committed to creating a working, learning, cultural and social environment based on dignity and respect.

Our Equality and Diversity Team support our staff and students to reach their full potential during their time with us. The team helps us meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and follow best practice.

We work with groups including Stonewall Diversity Champions, Working Families, Time to Change, Mindful Employer, AccessAble and Disability Confident, which give us guidance and advice on equality and diversity matters.

As part of our commitment to equality and diversity, we signed up to two national Higher Education equality charters – Athena SWAN, which focuses on gender equality, and the Race Equality Charter. Run by Advance Higher Education, the charters enable us to apply for awards recognising our commitment to, and progress on, equality and diversity. They aim to drive forward the cultural and systemic changes we need to implement to ensure we remain an equal and diverse organisation. They also support our University values and strategies.

Equality and diversity policies and reports

Take a look at our equality and diversity policies, equality related data and reports, including our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

Athena SWAN

In April 2018 we retained our Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our commitment to gender equality. We're currently delivering our Action Plan 2017 – 2021. In addition, 12 of our Schools and Departments hold the Athena SWAN Bronze awards in their own right. 

If you'd like a copy of our current University submission to Athena SWAN or any of our School/Department submissions, please contact us at

Race Equality Charter

In 2021, we achieved our Race Equality Charter Bronze Award as a result of as a result of our commitment to uplifting our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students.

We aim to build a culture of openness and trust that allows for honest reflection and difficult conversations about race and acknowledges that racial inequalities exist. Our Race Equality Charter Bronze Award demonstrates our commitment to tackling race inequality for staff and students and provides us with a comprehensive framework for race equality work across the University to tackle race issues our staff and students face.

If you'd like a copy of our current University submission to the Race Equality Charter, please contact us at

Stonewall Diversity Champions

As part of our work to create an inclusive workplace for all LGBTQ+ staff, we’re members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. And we actively extend the same values to our students through our policies and standards, local sponsorships and support for University and local LGBTQ+ support groups and networks.

Find out more about LGBTQ+ equality at Portsmouth for resources, events, support groups, reporting procedures and policies.

Published staff and student equality data reports

The public sector duty of the Equality Act 2010 requires public sector organisations to publish equality information and gender pay gap reports annually.

Below you will find a summary of key student and staff equality related data. This, as well as more detailed data analysis, is used to inform our Equality Impacts and helps support other aspects of our equality, diversity and inclusion work and priorities.

View our latest Gender Pay Gap Report.

More detailed data, including international student information, is available in the ‘Equality & Diversity Staff/Student Data Reports 2018-19’. These reports are available on request.

Undergraduate student equality data (Home/EU) 2019-20

  • Gender: Male 53.7%; Female 46.3%
  • Ethnicity: White 67.0%; BAME 26.5% (of which, Asian 10.2%; Black 8.9%; Chinese 0.6%; Mixed 4.9%; Other 1.9%); 6.4% undisclosed
  • Disability: 80.9% no disability declared; 18.9% with a disability; 0.2% undisclosed
  • Age, on starting course: 89.8% aged under 25; 10.2% aged 25 or older

  • Gender: Male 6.4%; Female 4.5%
  • Ethnicity: White 5.5%; BAME 5.8% (of which, Asian 5.0%; Black 6.2%; Chinese 3.6%;  Mixed 6.2%; Other 8.2%)
  • Disability: 5.3% no disability declared; 6.4% with a disability
  • Age, on starting course: 5.2% aged under 25; 8.5% aged 25 or older

  • Gender: Male 79.0%; Female 84.5%
  • Ethnicity: White 84.8%; BAME 73.1% (of which, Asian 74.5%; Black 68.5%; Chinese 82.4%;  Mixed 76.6%; Other 69.6%)
  • Intersectionality: 86.6% White Female; 83.2% White Male; 78.9% BAME Female; 67.2% BAME Male
  • Disability: 81.9% no disability declared; 80.6% with a disability
  • Age, on starting course: 81.7% aged under 25; 81.1% aged 25 or older

Staff equality data 2019-20

  • Gender: Male 54.3%; Female 45.7%
  • Ethnicity: White 74.0%; BAME 13.6% (of which, Asian 4.8%; Black 1.8%; Chinese 2.8%; Mixed 1.9%; Other 2.4%); 12.3% undisclosed
  • Disability: 78.5% no disability declared; 6.4% with a disability; 15.1% undisclosed
  • Age: 19.0% aged under 36; 56.2% aged 36-55; 24.8% aged 56 or older

  • Gender: Male 50.5%; Female 41.3%, 8.1% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: White 74.0%; BAME 17.8% (of which, Asian 5.3%; Black 4.5%; Chinese 2.0%; Mixed 2.7%; Other 3.3%); 8.2% undisclosed
  • Disability: 79.0% no disability declared; 9.0% with a disability, 12.1% undisclosed
  • Age: 36.3% aged under 36; 46.6% aged 36-55; 9.3% aged 56 or older; 7.8% undisclosed

  • Gender: Male 39.4%; Female 54.5%, 6.1% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: White 81.9%; BAME 12.3% (of which, Asian 4.0%; Black 3.2%; Chinese 1.4%; Mixed 2.5%; Other 1.1%); 5.8% undisclosed
  • Disability: 81.2% no disability declared; 9.0% with a disability, 9.7% undisclosed
  • Age: 36.1% aged under 36; 46.9% aged 36-55; 9.0% aged 56 or older; 7.9% undisclosed

  • Gender: Male 34.2%; Female 65.8%
  • Ethnicity: White 89.5%; BAME 5.0% (of which, Asian 1.4%; Black 0.7%; Chinese 1.2%; Mixed 1.4%; Other 0.3%); 5.5% undisclosed
  • Disability: 82.9% no disability declared; 8.6% with a disability, 8.6% undisclosed
  • Age: 30.3% aged under 36; 53.1% aged 36-55; 16.5% aged 56 or older

  • Gender: Male 28.0%; Female 66.5%, 5.5% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: White 85.7%; BAME 9.9% (of which, Asian 4.4%; Black 2.0%; Chinese 0.5%; Mixed 2.4%; Other 0.6%); 4.4% undisclosed
  • Disability: 83.5% no disability declared; 8.8% with a disability, 7.7% undisclosed
  • Age: 60.6% aged under 36; 29.8% aged 36-55; 4.7% aged 56 or older; 4.9% undisclosed

  • Gender: Male 33.0%; Female 63.5%, 3.4% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: White 88.0%; BAME 7.7% (of which, Asian 3.9%; Black 0.9%; Chinese 0.4%; Mixed 2.1%; Other 0.4%); 4.3% undisclosed
  • Disability: 81.1% no disability declared; 9.4% with a disability, 9.4% undisclosed
  • Age: 57.5% aged under 36; 34.8% aged 36-55; 4.7% aged 56 or older; 3.0% undisclosed

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