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Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They represent a blueprint for peace and prosperity that all its member states adopted in 2015.

Find out more about how Newcastle University is working towards these goals to help create a better and fairer world.

Goal 5

We are committed to equality and inclusion for people of all genders and sexualities.

We are a member of the Athena SWAN charter and Stonewall.

Through our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity work, we want to:

  • create a positive and supportive environment
  • ensure all our current and prospective colleagues and students feel included

Our activity

Athena SWAN Silver

We are a member of the Athena SWAN Charter. Athena SWAN promotes gender diversity in research and academia. Through Athena SWAN, we ensure that we encourage and recognise employment processes which promote gender equality.

Newcastle University holds an Athena SWAN Silver award and 13 departmental awards. The work being recognised is a range of support for colleagues and students.


Stonewall Global Diversity Champions

We are committed to the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender  (LGBT) and non-binary people. Through our Stonewall membership, we're able to use their resources and services. This helps us to ensure that all LGBT+ colleagues don't experience any discrimination in the workplace.

Support for our people

NU Women is a network that aims to support all women at Newcastle University. It provides networking and support opportunities and provide a voice for women working at the university. It is run by members, for members.

NU Women's network

The Rainbow Network supports:

  • LGBT+ colleagues and students
  • promoting inclusivity across University activity
  • challenges heteronormativity

It provides a network of support and has an action focus. The outcomes of engagement with the community influences University policy.

Rainbow Network

We recently celebrated the women in our community for International Women’s Day and International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We showcased interviews with women across the university, with an extra, specific focus on women in STEM. You can read the articles on our blog.

International Women's Day

We have a Women in Sustainability Hub at Newcastle. The Hub was created and is led by colleagues in our Newcastle University Business School. Women in Sustainability bring likeminded people together, whether they work directly in a sustainability role, or it is a professional interest of theirs.

Women in Sustainability Hub


The Gender Research Group is a research development group from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS). It is set up to:

  • bring together researchers from across the University, not exclusively from HaSS,
  • look for new collaborative opportunities for gender research and strengthen each other’s research