Staff and students can find details of all Cardiff University Networks on the Cardiff University intranet and public facing areas of the website.

Cardiff University’s Strategic Equality Plan can be found here:

Strategic Equality Plan

Cardiff University Policies can be found here:

Strategic Equality Plan

Equality and Diversity Policy

Dignity at Work and Study Policy

The 9 Protected Characteristics


This refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 50 year old) or range of ages (e.g. 18 to 30 year old). Age includes treating someone less favourably for reasons relating to their age (whether young or old).


A person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.


Gender Reassignment

The process of transitioning from one gender to another. Gender Identity refers the way an individual identifies with their own gender, e.g. as being either a man or a woman, or in some cases being neither, which can be different from biological sex.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage is defined as a 'union between two people’ (same- sex or different-sex persons) as recognised by law. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'.  Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.


Pregnancy and Maternity

Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. Protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth.  This includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

Religion and Belief

Religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious convictions and beliefs including philosophical belief and lack of belief. Generally, a belief should affect your life choices or the way you live, for it to be included in the definition.


Race refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Sex (Gender)

A man or a woman. Treating a man or woman less favourably for reasons relating to their sex/gender.


Sexual Orientation

A person's sexual attraction towards their own sex, the opposite sex or more than one sex.


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Staff Equality Networks         

A number of staff networks have developed over the years with the dual aim of:

  • Developing a mutual support network for the members and,
  • Gathering feedback on how the University can best develop an inclusive workplace. 

The networks operate on an informal basis with the topics/agenda set by the members, providing a chance to get together to share experiences and also to identify opportunities to enhance the University's Equality and Diversity Strategy and Policy.  The University seeks to ensure that it operates in a way that is supportive of all staff and sees these groups as an excellent way of understanding issues that staff may face which are related to their personal characteristics or circumstances.

Being an active member of these groups is a
positive way of contributing to the life of the University and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part. Your input can directly help us to further develop our inclusive culture.”

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor

The networks which are in operation are listed below.  The groups usually meet once a term on different days and at various locations.

If you would like to find out more please search for ‘Staff Equality Networks’ on the staff intranet or contact Alison Preece, ext 79919

Disability Staff Network – open to all staff who identify themselves as disabled, or whose personal experience of disability issues means that they want to make a contribution to the disability agenda. Contact:

Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network –focusses on matters of race equality (including ethnic and national origin), the network is open to all staff with an interest in promoting race equality and provides a discussion forum in a positive and mutually supportive environment, as well as a channel of communication between its members and the University.(Contact:

Enfys – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans(gender) +  (LGBT+) staff and postgraduate student network.  The network aims to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and to represent the views of LGBT+ staff. Contact:    Follow on Facebook (Enfys) and Twitter (@EnfysCardiff)

Carers and Working Families Staff Network – the network provides a gateway of support and assistance to staff who are carers and parents, providing a forum for discussion of the needs of employees with regards to work and caring. Contact:

Welsh Language Staff Network – open to all Welsh speakers, Welsh learners and non-Welsh speakers alike.  This network provides an opportunity to identify and discuss opportunities to actively promote the University’s principle that the Welsh language will be treated no less favourably than the English language when dealing with University staff.  Contact:


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