How we work towards gender equality

We are committed to ensuring that our institutional values are creating equitable opportunities and outcomes for all groups regardless of their gender identity. We have implemented an extensive action plan to address the gender pay gap and to ensure progression for all groups of staff according to merit.

Athena SWAN Charter and Action Plan

The Athena Swan Charter is a global initiative that aims to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. Launched in 2005 to reduce barriers to women’s progression, it now addresses gender equality as a much broader issue. The University has been a Bronze Award holder since 2012 and was awarded a Silver Award in July 2023. Nearly all of our Schools and Departments also hold Departmental Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Action plan

We have a comprehensive set of actions to implement across the University.

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Our commitment

In committing to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter, we recognise that we join a global community with a shared goal of addressing gender inequalities and embedding inclusive cultures.


We have a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse, bullying, harassment, hate crime and sexual misconduct. All staff, students and visitors to campus can report a sexually motivated incident anonymously or with their contact details through our report and support service. Anonymous or identifiable reports can be submitted as a sexually motivated incident and we strongly encourage the use of this tool for anyone who may need it. 

Non-binary support

At Surrey, we understand that individuals have the right to determine their own gender identity. That is why we consider it vital to help those facing specific issues relating to their identity. For more information on how we support trans and non-binary staff and students, please refer to our Trans and Gender Identity Policy (pdf).