We Promote Gender Equality
Here at Bangor we understand that people of all genders experience the effects of gender stereotyping and sexism. We promote a gender equal environment and believe that every individual should be treated fairly, regardless of their gender.
We aim to ensure that all students can fully participate and enjoy all aspects of university life in a safe and friendly environment.
We do not Tolerate Sexism or 'Lad Culture' on Campus
It is vital that every student at Bangor feels comfortable, valued and respected. As a student, you should not have to tolerate any sexist behaviour or sexist 'banter' and you should not feel like you have to engage in a 'lad culture' which may include heavy drinking as a part of socialising. You should also never have to put up with being sexualised and objectified.
Bangor University does not tolerate any form of harassment, sexism, or 'lad culture' in and around our campus, in lectures, or in any extra-curricular activities. This is covered in our Student Harassment Policy. Visit our web pages on harassment for more information.
Promoting Gender Equality - Athena Swan Award
Bangor University is committed to ensuring all genders are equally represented, and equal opportunities are given.
We are a member of the nationwide Athena SWAN Gender Equality Charter. The charter covers an extensive range of issues relating to gender (in)equality:
- Addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines
- The commitment to tackling the gender pay gap
- Supporting trans staff and students
Advance HE supports higher education institutions across the UK to advance equality and diversity for all staff through supporting strategic change and continuous improvement through the development of individuals and organisations of higher education. Their Athena SWAN charter specifically recognises commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. The charter is based on ten key principles. Institutions committing to adopting these principles within their policies, practices, action plans and culture.
The University has achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze Award which identifies our commitment to gender equality and diversity. This award recognises that the University has solid foundations for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all.
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How students can help promote gender equality
Gender equality is something we can all work towards. All students are expected to show respect to their fellow students, as well as staff members, regardless of their gender.
No student should be made to feel intimidated or uncomfortable for any reason, including their gender. Discriminatory ‘banter’ will not be tolerated within the University grounds and campus. This behaviour is also unacceptable on social media, including in group chats.
International Women's Day
The university celebrates International Women's Day each year on March 8th with a series of events including presentations and guest lectures.
For more information about International Women's Day and the themes for each year, visit their website which shares resources and information about events and news from around the world.
Undeb Bangor Council – Women Students Councillor
The Undeb Bangor Council is the body within the Students’ Union which exists to debate ideas in relation to its policies, campaigns and political activity, ideas relative to its opportunities or for the development of the student experience at Bangor. It is also a forum where Bangor students can hold their elected union officers and councillors to account.
The council is made up of student members occupying a number of specialist roles including a Women Students Undeb Bangor Councillor. If you are interested in becoming an Undeb Bangor Councillor, visit the Undeb website for more information.
The NUS Women's Campaign Page provides information and news on current and historical campaigns.
WISE is a campaign to promote women in science, technology, and engineering.
The Everyday Sexism Project catalogues instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. It gives women the opportunity to share their stories and raise awareness about sexism.