equal opportunities office

Hauptstraße 126
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221 54-7697
Fax: 06221 54-7271

Telephone consultation-hours
Mo-Fr 9-12 Uhr

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Online Tutorial on Gender Bias in Appointment Procedures


Equal opportunities for women and men at work? From a legal standpoint, this is considered a given. In everyday life, however, a range of factors can lead to unequal treatment of women and men. The online tutorial “Gender Bias in Appointment Procedures” offers information and recommendations on how to avoid discrimination. -> more


Brochure: Against sexual harassment, bullying and stalking

PublikationIt is the task of science to recognise social problems, to analyse them and to suggest solutions. This goes for all forms of degrading behaviour, too. As an institution, Heidelberg University therefore leads the way and takes on responsibility: It creates an environment in which all its members can move safely; an environment in which personal interaction is shaped by mutual respect and consideration. The present brochure documents this commitment and self-understanding of Heidelberg University and informs about courses of action when it comes to dealing with degrading behaviour.->continue reading

"Familie in der Hochschule" charter

Publikation1Certified as a family-friendly University by non-profit Hertie GmbH since 2010, Heidelberg University has now also signed the “Familie in der Hochschule” charter.

Read the announcement from Heidelberg University here.


Overview of Events during Summer Semester 2018

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You can find an overview of all events during the summer semester 2018 on the agenda.





The impact of implicit bias for women in academia

GewichtungLERU has been delving into how implicit bias potentially undermines the academic meritocracy, consulting with Europe’s leading universities that make up its members to find out how they view implicit bias and how they deal with it. The findings are discussed in LERU’s latest advice paper. more


30 Years Equal Opportunity

Logo Gleichstellung Ohne UniEntering its thirtieth year at Heidelberg University, equal opportunity has had many advocates. Established in November 1987, the office of the Women's Representative, now Equal Opportunity Commissioner, can look back on a history that is as linear as it is varied and polyphonic. more


TOTAL E-QUALITY Award for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Teq Diversity Logo 360px Heidelberg University has been awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for equal opportunity and diversity and ranks among the award winners of 2017. TOTAL E-QUALITY stands for successful and sustainable commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in the workplace. ->more


Equal opportunity as a continuous task

AnfuehrungszeichenIn an interview with Unispiegel, Katja Patzel-Mattern talks about her new tasks as Equal Opportunities Commissioner. For the next two years of her tenure she expresses the wish that Heidelberg University not only follows the social debate, but also leads the way. ->continue reading


Heidelberg University Recertified as a Family-Friendly University

Familie Following the audit by berufundfamilie gGmbH – an initiative of the non-profit Hertie Foundation –Heidelberg University has once again been certified as a family-friendly university. The certificate is awarded to universities whose personnel policy and organisation of work environments for staff, researchers and students cater to the compatibility of family, work and study in the best possible manner. ->more



Maternity Protection for Female Students

Schwangerschaft2On 4 May 2016, the Federal Cabinet decided on new regulations concerning maternity protection. Going forward, students are entitled to maternity protection as well.  more 




Diversity from the perspective of language

Publikation4To implement a gender-fair language, this collection of examples is available as an aid of orientation, featuring a range of wording choices (in German). more 




Upstream - a mentoring programme for female mathematicans



Frau _3_The programme is designed for female mathematicians at all levels of qualification, from students at schools and universities to professors. more




Equal Opportunities Liaison Office

Weniger-frauen1The Liaison Office for Equal Opportunities features a contact person for all academic institutions to coordinate central or local offers and to aid faculties in the conception and implementation of equal opportunity measures. more



Can you save precious time? Yes, sometimes.
The Concierge Service of Heidelberg University will show you how.


The individual offers of the Concierge-Service help female researchers and visiting scholars better combine work and family responsibilities. more



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