Working towards gender equality
Discover what we're doing to promote gender equality at the University
We want all our staff and students to thrive in an inclusive environment without barriers relating to gender.
We’ve been a member of the Athena Swan Charter since 2011, and have held the Athena Swan Bronze Award since 2014. Athena Swan is a national charter recognising the advancement of gender equality in higher education, encompassing representation, progression and success for all.
Our membership of the Athena Swan Charter demonstrates our commitment to tackling gender inequality for staff and students, through long-term institutional culture change. As well as our University Bronze Award, many of our schools, departments and faculties have achieved Athena Swan awards for their work towards gender equality.
If you have questions about our membership of the Athena Swan Equality Charter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, Chris Chang, is our acting Gender Equality Champion, supported by co-chairs Liza Howe-Walsh and Jane Chandler.
Faculty and department awards
Many of our academic faculties and departments uphold their own commitments to gender equality, alongside contributing to the wider aims of the University. The following departments all hold Athena Swan Awards in recognition of their work addressing gender equality in the department and in their fields.
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- School of Biological Sciences
- Department of Psychology
- School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
- School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
- School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences
- School of Mathematics and Physics
- School of Creative Technologies
- School of Computing
- School of Architecture
- Dental Academy
- Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
Promoting gender equality as an employer
Athena Swan Champions Funds
Harassment Advisor Network
As part of our probationary training, all staff take part in training on diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias awareness, and anti-bullying and harassment. We also provide optional training for staff who want further support to succeed in their personal and professional life.
Supporting women in business
Only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female, and women-led businesses are only 44% of the size of male-led businesses (Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, 2019). Our Faculty of Business and Law (which holds its own Athena Swan Bronze Award) is working to change this by advancing women's careers and addressing gender equality in business.
Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE)
Female Entrepreneurs Network
Supporting gender equality in research
In our submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 33% of our research staff identified as women. In our REF 2021 submission, this has grown to 39.6%. We're committed to increasing the representation of women in research through our Athena Swan action plan.
Women in Research
Women's and Gender Studies research area
Gender, Race and Education research area
Gender equality support and resources for students
Equality and diversity careers support for students
Equality and diversity Moodle resources
Local groups and support services
Below is a selection of the local groups and support services that work on gender-related issues.
- Student Wellbeing Service – Free, confidential support for students and staff, and signposting to local services
- Women's and Men's Social Groups in Portsmouth (MeetUp) – Links to social groups around topics of business, hobbies, friendship and culture
- Muslim Women's Network – Improving social justice and equality for women and girls
- The Girl's Network – Connecting girls from the least advantaged communities with a mentor and a network of professional female role models
- Find further information about local LGBTQ+ groups and support services
Family friendly policies
Our Athena Swan Core Group and Self-Assessment Team ensure staff can access family-friendly entitlements.
Maternity, paternity and parental leave
All women are entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks maternity leave after giving birth (no matter how long they've been employed at the University). After adoption, one parent can also take up to 52 weeks leave. Maternity pay depends on length of service, up to a maximum of 39 weeks full pay.
A second parent is entitled to up to two consecutive working weeks paid leave (after 26 weeks continuous employment at the University). Parents can share parental leave if the parent taking maternity or adoptive leave returns to work before the end of the 52 weeks.
Flexible working and time-off to look after dependants
We also support time off to deal with unexpected emergencies with dependants. And we offer employees the right to request flexible working, which could include working from home, flexi-time, compressed hours and working part-time.
Gender Equality Plan
Equality and Diversity Policy Statement
Gender Identity and Expression Policy
Dignity and Respect Policy
Gender Pay Gap report 2021
Shared Parental Leave guidance
Adoption Leave Guidance
Reporting bullying and harassment
Our Dignity and Respect policy asks all students and staff to take personal responsibility for reporting:
- any incidents where dignity and respect is not demonstrated
- incidents of bullying and harassment
- any form of discrimination that they are aware of
Report and Support tool
Staff and students can use the Report and Support tool to submit an anonymous report of bullying, harassment, assault or a hate crime, or an informal report to request an adviser.
If you witness or experience any form of harassment, bullying, violence or discrimination at Portsmouth, you can submit an anonymous report or an informal report to request an adviser. We also have a formal complaints procedure for all staff and students.
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