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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


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The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity (Statutes and Ordinances).

This means that the University will make every effort to foster a study and work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of ethnicity, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origins.

The University provides support to staff through the:


Members of staff who believe that they have been discriminated against on grounds of disability may make a complaint via the University's:

  • Grievance procedures in connection with their terms and conditions of employment.
  • Dignity@Work Policy.

External links

Cambridge Human Rights and Equality Support Service (CHESS)

CHESS provides free help, advice, guidance, support and advocacy to individuals and families who are experiencing or have experienced discrimination, harassment or victimisation because of:

  • Age.
  • Disability.
  • Gender Reassignment.
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership.
  • Pregnancy and Maternity.
  • Race.
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sex and Sexual Orientation.

It helps with:

  • Problems in the work-place.
  • Issues with employers/employment agencies.
  • Problems getting access to services such as housing, healthcare, education and social welfare.
  • Issues with the police, courts or prison service.
  • Issues with other organisations.
  • Problems with other members of the public.

To book an appointment call 01223 462615 or email See also the service's opening hours.

Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre (CWRC)

CWRC is an accessible women’s community space located in the heart of the Mill Road area of Cambridge. There is a range of activities avaiable including:

  • Classes & Workshops - courses in English and Mathematics
  • Creche - Limited free places are available in our onsite crèche, providing high quality childcare to women using CWRC facilities.
  • Dawn Project - A one stop service for women who are or were at one time in the criminal justice system and those who are at risk of offending.
  • Room hire – rooms are available to rent at the CWRC’s premises

For more information visit the CWRC website.

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)

CRCC offers support to women and girls who have experienced or are experiencing rape, childhood sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence. All our services are confidential and run by women, for women and girls. We can also support family, friends and professionals who are supporting a survivor.

For more information visit the CRCC website or call the helpline on 01223 245888.

Cambridge Women’s Aid (CWA)

CWA offers information, advice and ongoing practical and emotional support to women experiencing domestic abuse in strictest confidence. All women contacting CWA can access one to one support from a worker and group support at weekly coffee mornings.

Contact information: Outreach and Floating support 01223 361214; After Hours Emergency line 07730 322098 (6pm -9.30am) and Refuge 01223 460947 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm)