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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Different voices, one community

We are focused on building an inclusive culture

We are focused on building an inclusive culture – different voices, one community – that makes a positive difference to the lives and experiences of our students and staff.

We know there is work to be done, but we are determined to create a community based on dignity and respect where everyone is able to thrive and reflect our University values to be ambitious, open and responsible.

Our three objectives are:

  1. To build a positive, inclusive culture that inspires staff and students to realise their potential.
  2. To work towards fair representation and fair outcomes for our staff and student communities.
  3. To develop a robust understanding of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) data to effect sound evidence-based decision making.

We have a new EDI Framework and EDI Governance Structure in place to help us achieve our objectives, which includes providing a greater voice to our staff and student networks and a new steering group with more senior leadership from across the University to drive forward the changes needed.  

We also work collaboratively with organisations including Stonewall Diversity Champions, Working Families, Mindful Employer, AccessAble, Disability Confident and Advance HE (including the Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charters), which provide guidance and advice on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Report and Support

Our Report and Support tool is available to report any issue of harassment, bullying, hate or violence involving or affecting someone who is a member of the University community. Issues can be made anonymously and by witnesses as well as those who have experienced issues – we want every incident to be recorded, and to ensure that everyone gets the right support.

Staff networks

Our Staff Networks are run by and for staff. Through the networks, our staff use their voice to inform and promote University policy.

Those involved in the networks share guidance and resources, and propose and decide on actions to improve our University culture.

All our networks are strengthened by a commitment to addressing gender-based inequality.

Our Staff Networks include:

  • LGBTQ Staff network
  • Women's Staff Network
  • Parent and Carer Staff Network
  • Disability Staff Network
  • Multicultural Staff Network
  • Neurodiverse Staff Network
  • Race Equality Supporters Network
  • Harassment Advisers Network


Staff can join the networks here

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Equality Charters and Schemes

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we hold university-level bronze awards for two national Advance HE Equality Charters – Athena SWAN and the Race Equality Charter. These awards recognise our commitment to building a positive and inclusive culture,  enable us to continue to provide an honest assessment of equality, diversity and inclusion at the University, and identify good practice and actions we need to take to continue to improve and drive this forward.

Athena SWAN Charter

Since 2014, we have held a university-level Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our commitment to gender equality. In addition, 11 of our Schools and Faculties hold Athena SWAN Bronze awards in their own right.

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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.

We are one of 20 UK universities to be awarded the bronze Race Equality Charter award. No university has a silver or gold award, showing that universities across the country have much to do to tackle racial inequalities.

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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.


Since 2015, the University has partnered with AccessAble (formerly DisabledGo) to support  staff, students and visitors to arrive and move around our campus and buildings. University of Portsmouth Access Guides are available (please select the ‘Access Guides’ tab to then ‘view all access guides’).  

Equality and diversity policies and reports

A selection of our equality, diversity and inclusion-related policies, data and reports include:

Staff and student equality, diversity and inclusion data reports

The Public Sector Equality Duty, under the Equality Act 2010, requires public sector organisations to publish equality information and gender pay gap reports annually.

The University produces student and staff EDI reports, which include a wide range of EDI information and data. These are used to develop key performance indicators to monitor and address any issues that are identified.

A summary of the 2020-21 Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) data can be seen below and this has been split into key themes that form part of the University’s EDI framework. The data is accepted and endorsed annually by the University Executive Board and the Board of Governors. 

Additional information is available in the University’s staff and student EDI reports, which are available upon request by sending an email to, or by calling +44 (0)23 9284 8484.


Undergraduate student equality data (Home/EU) 2020-2021

  • Over the last year there has been an increase in the proportion of female students (+1%), students with a disability (+2%), students aged 25 or older when starting their course (+3%) and LGBTQ+ students (+2%)
  • Compared to last year, there has also been an increase in proportion of ethnic minority employees at the University, both in Academic and Research roles (+1%) and Professional and Support roles (+1%)

  • Gender: 53% Male; 47% Female
  • Ethnicity: 70% White; 27% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 2% undisclosed
  • Disability: 79% Non-disabled; 20% Disabled; 1% undisclosed
  • Age on starting course: 87% aged under 25; 13% aged 25 or older
  • Sexuality: 73% Heterosexual; 10% LGBTQ+; 18% undisclosed

  • Gender: 53% Male; 47% Female
  • Ethnicity: 72% White; 15% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 13% undisclosed
  • Disability: 77% Non-disabled; 7% Disabled; 17% undisclosed
  • Age: 20% aged under 36; 55% aged 36-55; 25% aged 56 or older
  • Sexuality: 37% Heterosexual; 4% LGBTQ+; 60% undisclosed

  • Gender: 34% Male; 66% Female
  • Ethnicity: 89% White; 6% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 5% undisclosed
  • Disability: 81% Non-disabled; 10% Disabled; 9% undisclosed
  • Age: 29% aged under 36; 54% aged 36-55; 17% aged 56 or older
  • Sexuality: 48% Heterosexual; 5% LGBTQ+; 47% undisclosed

Attraction and Access

  • Over the last year, there has been an increase in the proportion of female applicants applying to study at the University (+2%)
  • Compared to last year, there has been an increase in the proportion of ethnic minority applicants applying for Academic/Research job vacancies (+6%), and Professional/Support job vacancies (+2%)

  • Gender: 46% Male; 54% Female
  • Ethnicity: 24% White; 9% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 68% undisclosed
  • Disability: 84% Non-disabled; 15% Disabled; 1% undisclosed
  • Age on starting course: 92% aged under 25; 8% aged 25 or older

  • Gender: 48% Male; 43% Female; 9% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: 69% White; 24% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 7% undisclosed
  • Disability: 77% Non-disabled; 9% Disabled; 13% undisclosed
  • Age: 41% aged under 36; 44% aged 36-55; 9% aged 56 or older; 6% undisclosed
  • Sexuality: 79% Heterosexual; 8% LGBTQ+; 14% undisclosed

  • Gender: 31% Male; 62% Female; 6% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: 84% White; 12% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 4% undisclosed
  • Disability: 80% Non-disabled; 10% Disabled; 10% undisclosed
  • Age: 60% aged under 36; 30% aged 36-55; 5% aged 56 or older; 5% undisclosed
  • Sexuality: 82% Heterosexual; 9% LGBTQ+; 10% undisclosed

Recruitment, Selection and Offer

  • Applicants aged 25 or older were the group most likely to be offered a place to study at the University. This was in part due to the addition of new courses which have attracted a disproportionate number of older applicants
  • For Academic and Research job vacancies, 11% of ethnic minority male applicants received a job offer, compared to 16% of white female applicants

  • Gender: 24% Male; 23% Female
  • Ethnicity: 27% White; 21% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disability: 22% Non-disabled; 30% Disabled
  • Age on starting course: 22% aged under 25; 38% aged 25 or older

  • Gender: 13% Male; 16% Female
  • Ethnicity: 15% White; 13% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disability: 14% Non-disabled; 16% Disabled
  • Age: 14% aged under 36; 14% aged 36-55; 15% aged 56 or older
  • Sexuality: 14% Heterosexual; 11% LGBTQ+

  • Gender: 3.8% Male; 3.9% Female
  • Ethnicity: 3.9% White; 3.8% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disability: 3.9% Non-disabled; 4.7% Disabled
  • Age: 3.6% aged under 36; 4.8% aged 36-55; 3.4% aged 56 or older
  • Sexuality: 3.7% Heterosexual; 5.1% LGBTQ+

Engagement and Wellbeing

  • Male students (and ethnic minority male students, in particular) were less likely to contact Wellbeing services than female students

  • Gender: 35% Male; 60% Female; 5% undisclosed
  • Ethnicity: 69% White; 29% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic; 2% undisclosed
  • Disability: 74% Non-disabled; 21% Disabled; 6% undisclosed

Development and Progression

  • Compared to last year, withdrawal rates declined for students of every protected characteristic
  • The biggest decline in withdrawal rate occurred for students aged 25 or older (-1.8%)

  • Gender: 6.0% Male; 3.6% Female
  • Ethnicity: 4.7% White; 5.3% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disability: 4.7% Non-disabled; 5.4% Disabled
  • Age on starting course: 4.6% aged under 25; 6.7% aged 25 or older

Reward and Recognition

  • Compared to last year, the percentage of students achieving a 1st or 2:1 increased for students of every protected characteristic
  • The largest improvement in performance occurred for ethnic minority students (+3%)

  • Gender: 80% Male; 87% Female
  • Ethnicity: 86% White; 76% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disability: 84% Non-disabled; 82% Disabled
  • Age on starting course: 83% aged under 25; 85% aged 25 or older

Find out more

LGBTQ equality

Find out how we're championing a culture of inclusivity and acceptance through events, community sponsorship, staff and student training and supporting resources.

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Race equality

Discover more about the work we're doing to represent, support and uplift our diverse community through events, staff and student networks, staff training and scholarships.

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Gender Equality and Athena Swan

Explore the resources, training and support we offer, and research we're doing, to tackle gender inequality through long-term institutional culture change.

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