We value diversity and recognise that people from different backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and perceptions, creating a rich working, learning and teaching environment.

For us, the management of diversity goes beyond simply that which is expected by law. It offers the opportunity to attract people from all walks of life and develop our staff and student base to meet our strategic aims.

Through our diversity initiatives we aim to create a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

To this end, we are members of Athena SWAN and have recently achieved the Bronze Institutional Award.

The University is committed to fulfilling its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and has a Single Equality Scheme which covers all the protected characteristics in the Act. We also have a wide range of policies and procedures to support all our staff and students.

We have identified an equality action plan, which can be found in our latest Diversity Report, which helps us in meeting the ‘General duty’ under the Equality Act 2010 to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination/harassment and victimisation
  • Promote equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it (the protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership)
  • Foster good relations between people who do share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

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