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Gender equality

Supporting equal opportunity for women and men in universities, sustainably improving the representation of women at all qualification levels in the science system and increasing the number of female scientists in top positions in science is the central concern of TU Dortmund University's equal opportunity policy management instruments.

We deal with topics that affect all genders and maintain gender-neutral language. If you would like to find out more about gender-neutral formulations, we recommend the gender dictionary and the recommendations for action for gender diversity at universities - bukof.

All measures to balance gender relations in science and administration are realized by the staff unit in close cooperation with the elected Gender Equality Officer of TU Dortmund University.

For more information about the work of the Gender Equality Officer and her team, please visit the Homepage of the Gender Equality Office.

The staff unit advises on:

  • Research applications: in cooperation with the Research Funding Unit, the staff unit advises on the application process, in particular on aspects of diversity and equal opportunities. The staff unit submits proposals to promote diversity, equal opportunities and gender parity in research projects. Further information can be found in this overview and in the service portal.
  • Accreditation of degree programs: a checklist developed by the AG Gender Studies at TU Dortmund University serves as a basis for the review of accreditation applications. The staff unit, the central Gender Equality Officer, and the Department of University Development and Organization work closely together to incorporate equal opportunity and diversity aspects into this process.
  • Use of equal opportunity funds in DFG projects: the staff unit advises DFG projects on the possibilities of using equal opportunity funds and designs special equal opportunity projects for SFB/TR.

In 2008, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) adopted the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality. With this voluntary commitment, DFG members define personnel and structural standards for a sustainable gender equality policy in the science and higher education landscape.
The central goal of the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality is to significantly increase the proportion of women at all scientific career levels. The so-called cascade model serves as a guiding principle. According to this model, the targets for the proportion of women at each scientific career level are derived from the proportion of women at the qualification level directly below.

Between 2009 and 2013, a working group appointed by the DFG's General Assembly evaluated the gender equality concepts submitted by the member institutions and tracked their progress. In 2013, the DFG ranked TU Dortmund University in the top group.

On July 5, 2017, the General Assembly reconfirmed its commitment to the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality. The DFG now requests qualitative reports on various focus topics, which have to be handed in by its members in a biennial rhythm. The staff unit prepares these reports.

According to the State Equality Act NRW of 06.12.2016, all university departments with more than 20 employees are obliged to develop and update a Gender Equality plan. The staff unit manages the process of renewing the equality concepts of the 17 faculties as well as the institutions of the TU Dortmund University.

The current Gender Equality Concepts of all faculties and institutions can be found here.

In § 37a of the NRW Higher Education Act of 16.09.2014, the NRW state government introduced the Gender Equality Quota, an instrument to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in appointments to professorships. In an internal dialog with the faculties, the rectorate sets these quotas for three years. The staff unit coordinates this process.



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).