Equal­ity, Com­pat­ib­il­ity & Di­versity

Gender equality, family-friendliness as well as appreciation and promotion of diversity of all university members are overarching goals that Paderborn University has been committed to for many years.

However, Paderborn University sees the promotion of equality, compatibility and diversity not only as an obligation, but also as an enrichment. Because only through a diverse university community, everyone can benefit from a positive and supportive learning, teaching, working and research environment.

Discrimination, bullying, racism and other forms of exclusion are not tolerated at Paderborn University and active efforts are made to ensure that all university members can develop their full potential and feel safe on campus. To this end, the central Equal Opportunities Officer and her team continuously help to shape the university's political structures and instruments and develop tailor-made measures and (advisory) services for different target groups.



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Equal Opportunity Officer
Services & Programmes
Gender-Sensitive Language
Data & Numbers
Gender Equality Concepts &
Hall of Femmes


Parenthood & Work/Study
Care Responsibilities & Work/Study
Childcare Services at UPB
Family-Friendly Infrastructure

Family Service Office


Diversity in Studies & Teaching
Diversity in Research
Fields of Action & Initiatives
Information and Counselling Services
Diversity Related Links

Gender & Di­versity Con­sult­ing

Equal opportunities are a decision-relevant criterion in the approval of funding from (inter-) national third-party funding bodies (e.g. DFG, BMBF, EU). Often, gender equality concepts and measures have to be integrated into the funding applications.

Gender & Diversity Consulting provides advice and support.

Safety on Cam­pus

Escort by Security Officer
Personal Alarm Device
Study Spaces for Women

Counselling on Sexualised Discrimination & Violence

Coun­selling & Com­plaints

Information on the guideline for respectful cooperation & protection against unfair treatment, discrimination, sexualised violence and bullying.

on the guideline
on possible courses of action
on the process of counselling and making a complaint
on possible contact persons

Memory protocol
Guide for conversation and measures


Our offers vary and range from qualification measures for young female scientists and students to support for university-affiliated parents within the framework of the family-friendly university. Employees of Paderborn University and students also have access to special offers, which they can find out about on the following pages.

Offers for pupils

The University of Paderborn University offers pupils the opportunity to get to know the university as a place of learning and a place to live. They can pursue their research interests in numerous projects and workshops and also have the opportunity to take part in a taster course or holiday camps at Paderborn University.

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Offers for students

In order to support students during their studies and to facilitate the transition between their studies and subsequent employment, measures have been established at the university to support students during their studies. The focus of these measures is to support the decision-making process for or against a doctorate.

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Offers for young researchers

An important task of the University of Paderborn University in terms of equal opportunities policy is the promotion of young female academics. In order to enforce equal opportunities at the level of young academics, the University of Paderborn starts at the doctoral phase as well as at the postdoc phase.

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Offers for employees in technology and administration

The University of Paderborn University attaches great importance to the continuing education and training of its staff. Since 2000, there has been a wide range of opportunities for this within the framework of the internal further education and training programme. As a family-friendly university, the University of Paderborn University continues to attach importance to flexible working hours and locations.

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Offers for professors

The University of Paderborn has a high proportion of female professors compared to the rest of Germany and the state. The goal is to expand this status even further. With a Dual Career Service, there is advice and support for newly appointed professors and their families as well as coaching offers and support and advice on childcare.

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Equal Opportunity Officer

Dr. Annika Hegemann

Consultant for Gender Equality

Dr. Regina Sprenger

Project Assistant Gender Equality

Sarah-Christina Henze

Consultant for Diversity

Laura Maring

Family Services Office

Barbara Pickhardt

Family Services Office

Noelle Maicher-Hoff


Stefanie Lichtenauer


Audit Family-Friendly University

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University underwent the audit family-friendly university and was awarded a certificate as the first university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Audit Diversity-Friendly University

On 15 March 2023, berufundfamilie’s board of trustees awarded Paderborn University with the audit certificate.

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Paderborn University received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for its equal opportunities-oriented personnel policy for the first time in 2009.

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Diversity Charter & Association

In October 2011, Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter.

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Charter for the Reconciliation of Career and Care

In April 2023, Paderborn University signed the Charter for reconciliation of career and care.

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[Translate to English:] Logo Zertifikat „audit familiengerechte hochschule“
Logo "audit vielfaltgerechte hochschule" certificate
Logo of the "TOTAL E-QUALITY" initiative
Logo of the "Charter of Diversity" voluntary commitment
Charter on Reconciliation of Work and Care