25 Years of Equal Opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion
At Diversity & Inclusion, we celebrate our 25th anniversary. We look back at our eventful history, present our current offerings, and show why we are optimistic about the future.
5x5 Aspects of an Inclusive University
We are using the 25th anniversary as an opportunity to take a closer look at the institutional past and our current offerings through 5x5 aspects of an inclusive university:
- 5 Figures of an inclusive University
- 5 Pioneers of gender equality
- 5 Statements on the Diversity & Inclusion Office
- 5 Aspects of a family-friendly University
- 5 Reasons to be optimistic
5 Figures of an inclusive University
Discrimination, mobbing and sexual harassment are not tolerated at the University of Basel.
The University of Basel is committed to a culture of dialogue and to the values of integrity, respect, openness, equality and inclusion. All of us - professors, students, lecturers, scientific, administrative and technical staff - are jointly responsible for living these values in everyday life. The Code of Conduct clarifies the guidelines for respectful and professional interaction with each other.
A family-friendly university supports its employees so that goals can be achieved both professionally and privately.
As an employer, the University of Basel focuses strongly on the topic of family friendliness, because it supports employees in pursuing their goals both professionally and privately, while enabling them to perform at their best. In 2022 alone, we were able to grant our employees 1606 days of parental leave.
The majority of students are female and the majority of teachers are male.
Women continue to be severely underrepresented in leading positions in numerous academic departments. For this reason, the University of Basel is taking tangible measures to increase the proportion of women at all academic levels, especially in the area of professorships.
More Info: Employing more Women
At the University of Basel, diverse career paths are welcome in study, teaching, research, administration and management.
Relief options are offered as part of inclusive and life-stage-based people management, as well as various career programs in the areas of mentoring, training and coaching: get on track, stay on track, antelope, ZOOM@Novartis, BAMNET, H.I.T., Verhandlungscoaching, FEMtrepreneurs, CARTE BLANCHE.
The Students Without Barriers (StoB) service point supports approximately 200 students annually.
With the creation of the StoB service point, many differentiated and interconnected processes have been created over the past ten years to enable the participation of students with disabilities in teaching.
5 Pioneers of gender equality
5 Statements on the Diversity & Inclusion Office
5 Aspects of a family-friendly University
Four weeks paternity leave
The newly created working time regulations offer more family-friendliness and flexibility for employees: Block hours have been abolished in favour of a flexible arrangement that meets personal and operational needs. The new regulations allow employees to spend part of their working time in a home office, if this is operationally possible.
The University of Basel has also extended paternity leave to four weeks.
Emergency care for sick children
The University of Basel, in cooperation with the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), offers support when a child of preschool or primary school age becomes ill and it is not possible for the parents or caretaker to stay at home.
Harmonisation of maternity leave for doctoral students
Doctoral students who become mothers during their doctoral studies have the option of extending their employment for the duration of the maternity leave of 16 weeks. The employment can be extended for both structurally and non-structurally employed doctoral students (assistant with Master's degree and project assistant).
Accompanying person for breastfeeding young female scientists
Caring for Family Members