Equality and Diversity

Disability support

Keele provides a number of services to aid students with disabilities, including help in applying for allowances, disabled access and dyslexia screening.

For more information, click here.


Athena SWAN

Since September 2005 the University has been a Member of the Athena SWAN Charter. The University and its Schools continue to strive towards higher levels of award recognition. The University also remains at the forefront of initiatives to promote gender equality being one of the first to be involved in the Gender Equality Charter Mark (GEM) pilot scheme with the School of Humanities achieving a bronze award in September 2014.

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Charter and values equality and diversity across its workforce. To support these principles the University has a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) in place to co-ordinate and develop initiatives that will address the underrepresentation of women in STEMM and support and encourage their career progression.

Keele University sees membership of the Charter, with its bronze, silver and gold SWAN recognition awards, as working towards sustaining equitable working environments enabling universities to identify themselves as employers of choice, not only to their staff, but to students, stakeholders, research councils and industry. Keele University currently holds an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, 3 departmental Silver awards and 3 departmental Bronze awards.


Bullying and Harassment

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Harassment is defined as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating and intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’

Bullying or harassment can happen in public or in private and may be face to face or through written communication, by telephone or email.  It can be carried out by an individual or a group.  It is more common that the bully is in a position of authority but this is not always the case and bullying behaviour can be carried out by an individual or group against someone in a position of authority.

If you believe you or someone else is being bullying or harassed, follow the University’s procedure for reporting bullying and harassment found here.


Keele Unity

Keele Unity is a programme of events which run throughout the academic year aimed at promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion, throughout the Keele community. The following events will run during 2014/15 and are open to all staff, students, and the wider community. For more information on Keele Unity events, see here.


Keele University Equality and Diversity Strategy 2015 – 2020