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Gender Equality

The University has an ongoing commitment to gender equality with a number of practices and schemes in place. Our research aims to tackle inequalities on a global level, with key research providing non-profit organisations with a sustained body of evidence for informing and influencing policy.

In the Spotlight: Research to End Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a practice that involves the partial or complete removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Worldwide, more than 200 million women have undergone FGM/C and more than 3 million women are currently at risk. Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Professor of Biostatistics at Northumbria University, has spent much of his two-decade-long career analysing data to address maternal and child health problems in Africa and to decrease health-related inequalities. He is now leveraging his expertise in using Bayesian statistical methods to eradicate FGM/C.

At a Glance: From Our Research to Our Operations

  • We co-lead the Girl-Kind initiative – using creative arts to address gender-related pressures in the North East and to give a voice to an often-marginalised social group.
  • Our Northern Women in Leadership CPD supports female business leaders in advancing their careers, maximising business objectives and managing the demands of modern leadership.
  • Our academics have been awarded more than £350,000 by the Population Council to carry out research to eradicate the female genital mutilation practice.
  • We lead the Think Physics collaborative project funded by HEFCE using physics to inspire young people – particularly women – to work and study in these disciplines.
  • Our NUWise network was established to support and develop the careers of female staff and PhD students working in science, engineering and technology areas.
  • We support women who embrace the opportunity to excel in higher education through scholarships, such as the Emily Wilding Davison Scholarship for women applying to study Undergraduate Engineering and Environment courses.
  • We believe that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all and are committed to tackling the gender pay gap.
  • We have an onsite nursery and childcare facilities, and offer a childcare voucher scheme for employees.

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